MAA News – MAA@vIMC

MAA@vIMC
7 July, 3 – 4PM EDT (20:00 IMC time)

If you’ve registered for the vIMC, you will have the opportunity to join the MAA@vIMC event on Tuesday, July 7, from 3 – 4PM EDT (20:00 IMC time). MAA President Renate Blumenfeld-Kosinski, Speculum Editor Katherine Jansen, and Executive Director Lisa Fagin Davis will deliver brief updates and take questions. This event replaces our annual IMC Lecture, which has been postponed until 2021. Refer to the vIMC programme for more information about how to join this special session.

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MAA News – Coming Soon: July Issue of Speculum

The latest issue of Speculum will be available later this month.

Speculum, Volume 95, Number 3 (July 2020)

Articles:
Joel Anderson, “Bishop Guðmundr’s Roman Redemption:  Imagining and Suspending Papal Government in Medieval Iceland”

Justine Firnhaber-Baker, “The Social Constituency of the Jacquerie Revolt of 1358”

Anna Wilson, “Petrarch’s Queer History”

Michael Johnston,  “Copying and Reading The Prick of Conscience in Late Medieval England”

Book Reviews
This issue of Speculum features more than 80 book reviews.

This issue also contains:

* Books Received
* Brief Notices
* Notes from the Annual Meeting of the MAA
* Annual Contributors to the Medieval Academy of America

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MAA News – Upcoming Deadlines

The Medieval Academy of America invites applications for the following grants. Please note that applicants must be members in good standing as of September 15 in order to be eligible for Medieval Academy awards.

Schallek Fellowship
The Schallek Fellowship provides a one-year grant of $30,000 to support Ph.D. dissertation research in any relevant discipline dealing with late-medieval Britain (ca. 1350-1500). (Deadline 15 October 2020)

Travel Grants
The Medieval Academy provides travel grants to help Academy members who hold doctorates but are not in full-time faculty positions, or are contingent faculty without access to institutional funding, attend conferences to present their work. (Deadline 1 November 2020 for meetings to be held between 16 February and 31 August 2021)

MAA/CARA Conference Grant
The MAA/CARA Conference Grant for Regional Associations and Programs awards $1,000 to help support a regional or consortial conference taking place in 2021. (Deadline 15 October 2019)

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MAA News – Call for Prize Submissions

Photo: The Haskins Medal. The Medieval Academy of America

The Medieval Academy of America invites submissions for the following prizes to be awarded at the 2021 MAA Annual Meeting (University of Indiana at Bloomington, 15-18 April). Submission instructions vary, but all dossiers must complete by 15 October 2020.

PLEASE NOTE: because of the ongoing MAA office closure, PDF review copies of nominated books may be submitted instead of hardcopies (PDfs should be emailed to the Executive Director). In addition, the residency restrictions limiting eligibility for some book prizes to residents of North America have been lifted.

Haskins Medal
Awarded to a distinguished monograph in the field of medieval studies.

Digital Humanities Prize
Awarded to an outstanding digital research project or resource in the field of medieval studies.

Karen Gould Prize
Awarded to a monograph of outstanding quality in medieval art history.

John Nicholas Brown Prize
Awarded to a first monograph of outstanding quality in the field of medieval studies.

Van Courtlandt Elliott Prize
Awarded to a first article of outstanding quality in the field of medieval studies.

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MAA News – Good News from our Members

Caroline Bruzelius has been elected to the American Philosophical Society.

We could all use some good news these days. If you have good news to share, please send it to Executive Director Lisa Fagin Davis (LFD@themedievalacademy.org)

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New grant program for graduate students

The Graduate Student Committee of the Medieval Academy of America is pleased to announce a new, one-time grant program: the MAA-GSC New Horizons Graduate Student Research Grant.

The MAA-GSC is calling for applications for grants of up to $500 to support graduate student research projects that uniquely engage with the current research environment created by the COVID-19 pandemic. Even as medievalist graduate students have lost access to much of our primary research material because of restrictions on travel and access to collections, we have also been inspired to develop inventive solutions to continue conducting dynamic and innovative research. Proposed projects might creatively use the digital resources available when physical resources are not, or might consider how the middle ages illuminates our understanding of the current social, cultural, and economic environment. Applications will be evaluated on the originality of how the proposed project engages with the current environment created by the COVID-19 pandemic as well as its potential to contribute to medieval studies. This is a special one-time grant program. Up to four will be awarded for outstanding applications selected by the MAA Graduate Student Committee.

The application deadline is September 1. Applicants must be members of the Medieval Academy of America. Click here for more information:

https://www.medievalacademy.org/general/custom.asp?page=NewHorizonsGrant

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Register now for these upcoming MAA Webinars:

Race, Racism, and Teaching the Middle Ages
20 July, 3-5 PM EDT

In the wake of recent events and ongoing racially motivated violence, there have been many institutional responses to raise awareness of race and racism in the U.S. and beyond. This is one such response. Since many of us are educators who will return to the classroom in one form or another in the coming year, this webinar is focused on pedagogy and concrete strategies for teaching race and racism in their medieval forms and as they appear in medieval studies. Our four speakers will discuss what they do in the classroom and library to approach this complex topic with the goal of engendering ideas and texts that can be put in place as soon as this fall.

Pre-registration is required. Click here for more information.

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Online Teaching for Medieval Studies: Philosophies, Learning Plans, and Promising Tools

This two-part webinar focuses on approaches to teaching the Middle Ages for online learning. The webinars are designed to help medievalists of all disciplines adopt and adapt existing strategies, platforms, and tools for teaching online in the fall of 2020 and beyond. Understanding that most institutions have their own required training sessions and online learning platforms, these webinars showcase ideas behind critical pedagogies for online learning with tools and applications specifically designed by and oriented for use by medievalists. The goal of these webinars is to bring together scholars proficient in online learning and design to give an overview of best practices and how medievalists can use and maximize the many DH offerings for learning and research that currently exist. Each webinar will reserve half of the allotted time (1 hour) to address the pedagogical philosophies of teaching and learning online, followed by a series of ‘Tool Talks’ (1.5 hours), featuring a selection of medievalist-friendly digital tools for use with students. We will reserve time to address questions after each section to foster a scholarly exchange about approaches to teaching and learning.

Both webinars will be recorded and made available through the MAA YouTube Channel. In addition, we will also partner with the Middle Ages for Educators site to embed the shorter ‘Tool Talks,’ accompanied by linked materials which might include further readings, suggestions for assessment, or relevant online resources. We anticipate adding to these throughout the summer, even after the conclusion of this webinar series.

Webinar I: Thinking and Teaching Online: Best-Practices and Inspired Learning at a Distance
14 July, Noon – 3 PM EDT

Webinar II: Techniques and Tools for Teaching, Learning, and Researching Online: Manuscripts, Mapping, and Modeling
21 July, 2 – 5 PM EDT

Pre-registration is required. Click here for more information about these webinars.

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MAA@vIMC
7 July, 2:30 – 3:30 EDT (19:30 IMC time)

If you’ve registered for the vIMC, you will have the opportunity to join the MAA@vIMC event on Tuesday, July 7, from 2:30 – 3:30 EDT (19:30 IMC time). MAA President Renate Blumenfeld-Kosinski, Speculum Editor Katherine Jansen, and Executive Director Lisa Fagin Davis will deliver brief updates and take questions. This event replaces our annual IMC Lecture, which has been postponed until 2021. Refer to the vIMC programme for more information about how to join this special session.

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Call for Papers – Texas Medieval Association 2020

30th Texas Medieval Association Annual Conference
October 2–3, 2020
VIRTUAL MEETING
Hosted by the University of North Texas, Denton, TX

Conference Theme:
Medieval STEAM: (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics)

Inaugural Permanent Conference Thematic Strand:
Race and Medieval Studies
#TEMA2020

The 30th Annual Conference of the Texas Medieval Association will be held virtually, via an online platform, and hosted by the University of North Texas.

The 2020 TEMA program committee is pleased to invite papers and sessions on all topics in medieval studies. We especially invite papers and sessions contributing to the 2020 conference theme of Medieval STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics), as well as papers and sessions that contribute to the theme of Race and Medieval Studies, the focus of an inaugural thread of linked thematic sessions that will be a permanent feature of our annual meetings.

Medieval STEAM puts the “A” in “STEM” by including the “arts” alongside science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.  Participants are invited to contribute to this year’s theme by proposing papers, sessions, and roundtables that consider the essential role of that which we now call “the humanities” and “the arts” in medieval science and technology — and how that interdisciplinary collaboration is still vital today. Those who wish to connect to the conference theme may seek to explore any one of these areas individually, or to connect the various elements found in Medieval STEAM, in either their modern or medieval iterations.

TEMA recognizes diversity as critical component of medieval studies. Therefore, the organizers of the 2020 TEMA meeting are establishing a permanent strand of linked thematic sessions on Race and Medieval Studies that will be part of all future meetings. Papers, sessions, roundtables, and other events that engage with any aspect of this theme are very welcome. This year, suggestions that consider Black Lives Matter in conjunction with medieval studies are especially encouraged.

Papers may be submitted in any language, but if you wish to present in a language other than English, please specify this preference. Send title and abstract of approximately 200 words to texasmedieval@gmail.com (with TEMA 2020 PROPOSAL in the subject line) no later than September 1, 2020. Early submission is encouraged: rolling acceptance will begin on July 1, 2020. Among proposals for full sessions, those including participants from more than one institution will be given priority. A prize will be awarded for the best paper by a graduate student. For more information, visit the Texas Medieval Association website [www.texasmedieval.net].

TEMA Values

Founded in 1986 to promote medieval studies in Texas, TEMA invites medieval scholars throughout Texas and the Southwest to gather annually to share ideas, collaborate on publications, and mentor students in a safe, nurturing community in which everyone may participate. In our formal statement of policies, we assert our belief that diversity is crucial to medieval studies. TEMA supports a learning community that embraces our members for their individual differences and offers respect for their unique perspectives. In support of this academic vision, TEMA does not tolerate discrimination based on academic status, gender identity, sexual orientation, political affiliation, religious belief, or racial/ethnic background. Moreover, TEMA has a strong history of collegiality and mentoring. We welcome papers from medievalists at every point of their professional development, from graduate students to emeritus scholars; from K-12 and secondary teachers to those at the collegiate level; from affiliated scholars to those currently unaffiliated. TEMA has built a friendly and non-threatening conference atmosphere that treats everyone as a colleague, no matter their “rank.” The purpose of our annual conference is to help each medievalist further develop their ideas, while benefitting from the feedback of a diverse, encouraging community.

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Call for Applications: BSA New Scholars Program (Deadline Sept 8)

The Bibliographical Society of America’s New Scholars Program seeks to promote the work of scholars who are new to the field of bibliography, broadly defined to include any research that deals with the creation, production, publication, distribution, reception, transmission, and subsequent history of all textual artifacts (manuscript, print, digital, from clay and stone to laptops and iPads).

Each year, the New Scholars Program invites three scholars in the early stages of their careers to present fifteen-minute talks on their current, unpublished research in the field of bibliography as members of a panel at the annual meeting of the Society, which takes place in January. Those selected for the panel will receive an honorarium of $1,000, and will be invited to present their work as part of BSA’s 2021 annual meeting. (Please note that, in 2021, BSA will hold its annual meeting online, and that New Scholars will be asked to present their work virtually rather than in person.) Expanded versions of papers presented by the BSA New Scholars will be submitted to the editor of The Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America (PBSA) for publication, subject to peer review. Applicants should, therefore, submit new work that has not been accepted for publication elsewhere either in the form of a book chapter (or portion thereof) or article.

In keeping with the values of the Society, the New Scholars selection committee welcomes bibliographical scholarship pursuing new methods and new approaches, including applications from candidates applying bibliographical theory and principles to diverse materials and media. In addition, the committee welcomes scholarly submissions that embrace diverse, multicultural perspectives. The committee particularly encourages applications from those who have not previously published, lectured, or taught on bibliographical subjects.

The 2020 BSA New Scholars as well as their paper abstracts are listed on BSA’s website.

BSA will be holding an information session via Zoom at 2 p.m. on Friday, June 26, for the New Scholars Program. Co-moderated by Barbara Heritage and Cynthia Gibson, the session will provide general advice on the application process, and will feature former BSA New Scholars Theresa Goodman, Megan Piorko, Simran Thadani, and Matthew Wills, and will include the members of the New Scholars Selection Committee. Please click here to register for this session.

Eligibility

The committee encourages applications from all who are new to bibliography, including junior (i.e., untenured) academics, graduate students at the dissertation level, members of the book trade, librarians, curators, collectors, and others of any race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status or any other legally protected class status. BSA seeks to promote equity, inclusion, and diversity within the field, and encourages work that offers new research on previously under- or misrepresented groups or individuals.

How to Apply

BSA uses Kaleidoscope to manage applications to our programs, and all candidates and recommenders are required to submit materials through that website. The application form requires:

1.       A letter of application describing their background in bibliography, and incorporating a short abstract for their proposed paper as well as a brief overview of their proposed 15-minute talk, to be presented at BSA’s annual meeting;

2.       A curriculum vitae;

3.       A letter of recommendation.

Applicants will be prompted to supply the name and email address for a recommender, who will provide a confidential letter of recommendation. Recommenders should be an advisor or colleague who is familiar with the project, and who can speak to how the project will make a contribution to the field of bibliography. (N.B.: Doctoral candidates should request a recommendation from their dissertation director.)

International applicants are welcome to apply.

Mail-in applications and letters of recommendation are not accepted. If the application form is inaccessible for any reason, please contact BSA Executive Director Erin Schreiner at bsa@bibsocamer.org and she will work to accommodate your needs.

The application deadline for consideration in 2021 is September 8, 2020.

The Award

New Scholars applications are evaluated based on their eligibility, overall completeness, and quality, as well as the strength of letters of recommendation. Instructions provided in the BSA’s New Scholars application form are intended to help applicants prepare a competitive submission.

Those selected for the panel will receive an honorarium of $1,000, and will be invited to present their work as part of BSA’s 2021 annual meeting. Expanded versions of papers presented by the BSA New Scholars will be submitted to the editor of The Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America (PBSA) for publication, subject to peer review. Applicants should, therefore, submit new work that has not been accepted for publication elsewhere either in the form of a book chapter (or portion thereof) or article. They will also receive a complimentary one-year BSA membership, and may apply for travel funds to attend a subsequent BSA annual meeting within two years following their presentation to the Society.

Please note that honoraria paid to non-US citizens may be taxable, and a portion of the honorarium may be withheld for payment to the IRS. Winners of all nationalities will receive award packages with instructions on the forms required for payment.

More Information

Inquiries regarding the program may be directed to Barbara E. Heritage, Chair, New Scholars Program, at new.scholars@bibsocamer.org

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Call for Papers – BAA Post-Graduate Conference

Call for Papers
Abstract deadline: 31st July 2020
BAA Post-Graduate Conference, Saturday 28th November 2020


The Gallery at Alan Baxter, 77 Cowcross St, Clerkenwell, London, EC1M 6EL / potential virtual

The BAA invites proposals by postgraduates and early career researchers in the field of medieval history of art, architecture, and archaeology.

Papers can be on any aspect of the medieval period, from antiquity to the later Middle Ages, across all geographical regions.

The BAA postgraduate conference offers an opportunity for postgraduate students and early career researchers at all levels from universities across the UK and abroad to present and discuss their research, and exchange ideas.

Proposals of around 250 words for a 20-minute paper, along with a CV, should be sent by 31st July 2020 to postgradconf@thebaa.org

Please share our call for papers with your department, fellow lecturers, and of course, students! Click here for a PDF of our Call for Papers.

* Depending on the COVID-19 pandemic, this conference will either take place virtually or in London – this decision will be made nearer the time. *

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