Conferences – 6th Annual History of the Book Conference

October 18, 2014
9:00 am-4:00 pm

The Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies

650 East Pleasant Street

Amherst, MA 01002

Free admission

Contact:
Jeff Goodhind
renaissance@english.umass.edu

413-577-3600

The Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies presents its 6th Annual History of the Book conference. Speakers are Sonja Drimmer (Art History, UMass), Lisa Fagin Davis (Simmons GSLIS), and Alexandra Halasz (English, Dartmouth College).

This event takes place in the Reading Room at the Renaissance Center.

Please register by October 10th at 413-577-3600. Lunch is provided.

This event is co-sponsored by the DuBois Library and The Amherst Woman’s Club.

(See our calendar for more conferences)

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Jobs for Medievalists

HEAD-SPECIAL COLLECTIONS
University of California-Santa Barbara

Embrace scholarly exploration, collaboration and intellectual engagement working with a team of professionals dedicated to diversity, integrity, and innovation as the Head of Special Collections, UC Santa Barbara Library. The University of California, Santa Barbara, one of ten campuses of the University of California system, seeks an experienced, forward-looking, and engaging leader-scholar for the position of Head, Special Research Collections. The successful candidate will guide the Department through its continuing evolution into a dynamic and innovative resource serving diverse and changing scholar needs and interests. The Head will articulate a vision and strategic direction that promotes the visibility, accessibility, and impact of nationally and internationally recognized primary research collections, expert services, facilitate collaboration of relevant initiatives and programs, develop fundraising strategies, and integrate the treasures of the Department into teaching, research, and learning at the University. In addition, The Head of SRC will have the opportunity to participate in the planning, design, and furnishing of the new 2015 three story addition. He/she will have the responsibility for envisioning, defining and initiating services, showcasing prominent collections, and offering special programs, exhibitions, etc. in this new state of the art facility.

The Department of Special Research Collections acquires, maintains, preserves, and ensures accessibility of its most valuable, rare and unique materials. The collection includes approximately 250,000 volumes, 16,000 linear feet of manuscripts, 100,000 photographs and 200,000+ early sound recordings. Named collections are the Wyles Collection of nineteenth and twentieth century American History, the American Religions Collection, the Performing Arts Collections, the California Ethnic and Multicultural Archives, and the Humanistic Psychology Archives. The Department of Special Research Collections also serves as the University Archive.

Responsibilities. The Head of Special Research Collections reports to the AUL for Research and Scholar Services and is responsible for the administration, planning, and management of the department personnel, resources, services, and operations. The incumbent has leadership and administrative responsibility for collection development, budgeting (including endowments, gifts, grant-funded projects), security and preservation, digitization projects, public relations, and fundraising activities. The Head establishes and sustains faculty and researcher relationships and is responsible for strategic and effective collection development, maintenance and preservation of collections, overall collection policies and works to ensure materials are discoverable, accessible and used by clientele.

The Head also works closely with University Librarian, other library administrators, Library Development Officer, faculty and professional colleagues to identify new sources and contacts for enhancing funds and collections, initiates and writes proposals, and provides stewardship for existing gifts and awards. In addition, the Head will work with others to organize and manage special events and exhibits and establish partnerships with campus departments, museums, UC system wide Special Collections Departments, and units within the library to maximize support and increase visibility of the collections.

Required Qualifications include an ALA-accredited MLIS or Masters in Archival Studies, an advanced degree in a relevant subject area or a substantial record of research and scholarship, and demonstrated experience in special collections or archives. The successful candidate will have superior leadership skills including demonstrated management and supervisory experience with success in leading, guiding, and fostering a dynamic workplace environment; ability to articulate a vision, set priorities, organizational goals, and introduce and manage change; and the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with campus scholars, officials, UC colleagues, dealers, vendors, staff, and library supporters.  The new Head will show a strong commitment to excellence in public service and a commitment to serving diverse users including faculty, students, researchers, community users, and visiting scholars. An understanding of emerging technologies, key issues and trends in archives and special collections is also a vital quality of the selected candidate. Other essential attributes are demonstrated success in cultivating donor relationships; a record of achievement in obtaining grants, gifts, or awards; the ability to organize, publicize, and promote a variety of events for the Department of Special Research Collections; and excellent oral, written and interpersonal communication skills.

Preferred qualifications include certification by the Academy of Certified Archivists; strong success in building outstanding special collections; demonstrated working knowledge of the rare book and manuscripts trade and familiarity with the principles and methods of conservation, preservation, and security of materials; experience working with curators, technical services, digital processing, and knowledge of copyright law. Excellent analytical, creative problem solving skills, and ability to exercise sound judgment; budget and resource allocations experience; and a record of active and continuous participation in professional associations are also desirable.

Compensation. The position offers a starting salary range of $73,238 to $116,220 and an attractive benefits package.

For additional information on the Library, the University and the region, please visit UCLinks.

For further information, contact Bradbury Associates/Gossage Sager Associates via email or phone. To start the application process, send an in-depth cover letter and your curriculum vitae as Word or pdf attachments to Dan Bradbury or Jobeth Bradbury on or before the closing date of November 9, 2014. Appointment and/or continued employment is contingent on successful completion of a background check. The Library is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching and service. The University of California is an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action Employer.

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American Academy in Rome 2015 Rome Prize Fellowship

The American Academy in Rome is now accepting applications for the 2015 Rome Prize competition.

Please make available the information about the 2015 Rome Prize in a group email to your staff, blogs, newsletters, social media, links, and affiliates,
or otherwise make this information available to those who might be interested in applying for this prestigious fellowship.

Each year, through a national juried competition, the Rome Prize is awarded to emerging and established artists and scholars working in the following categories:

  • Ancient Studies
  • Medieval Studies
  • Renaissance and Early Modern Studies
  • Modern Italian Studies
  • Design (includes graphic, industrial, interior, exhibition, set, costume, and fashion design, urban design, city planning, engineering, and other design fields)
  • Historic Preservation and Conservation
  • Landscape Architecture(includes environmental design and planning, landscape/ecological urbanism, landscape history, sustainability and ecological studies, and geography)
  • Musical Composition
  • Visual Arts (includes painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, film/video, installation, new media, digital arts, and other visual arts fields)

Rome Prize winners live and work at the Academy’s eleven-acre campus in Rome and receive a stipend, room and board, and a study or studio. Stipends for six-month fellowships are $16,000 and stipends for eleven-month fellowships are $28,000.

The deadline for applications is 1 November 2014 (extended deadline 15 November).

For more information and to apply, please visit the Academy website at www.aarome.org/romeprize.

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Call for Papers – 3rd Annual Medieval and Renaissance Conference in Cyprus

3rd Annual Medieval and Renaissance Conference, Nicosia, Cyprus – March 2015

We would like to take this opportunity to invite you to consider submitting a paper for the Mediaeval and Renaissance studies multidisciplinary conference Othello’s Island being held at the Severis Foundation in Nicosia, Cyprus in March 2015.

Now in its third year, this annual conference brings together speakers from a wide variety of disciplines and from all over the world to discuss not only Levantine history, culture and society in the Mediaeval and Renaissance periods, but wider apects of this period in history including its enduring legacy.

This might include looking at medieval travelogues and Shakespeare’s poetry and plays, as well as art and architectural history of the Byzantine, Western Medieval and muslim worlds, religious and social relations and much much more.

For further information please visit the conference website at:

http://www.othellosisland.org

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Call for Papers – 3rd Annual Medieval and Renaissance Conference

FIRST CALL FOR PAPERS
3rd Annual Medieval and Renaissance Conference, Nicosia, Cyprus – March 2015

We would like to take this opportunity to invite you to consider submitting a paper for the Mediaeval and Renaissance studies multidisciplinary conference Othello’s Island being held at the Severis Foundation in Nicosia, Cyprus in March 2015.

Now in its third year, this annual conference brings together speakers from a wide variety of disciplines and from all over the world to discuss not only Levantine history, culture and society in the Mediaeval and Renaissance periods, but wider apects of this period in history including its enduring legacy.

This might include looking at medieval travelogues and Shakespeare’s poetry and plays, as well as art and architectural history of the Byzantine, Western Medieval and muslim worlds, religious and social relations and much much more.

For further information please visit the conference website at:

http://www.othellosisland.org

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Call for Papers – 22nd International Conference of Europeanists

Call for Papers: 22nd International Conference of Europeanists

“Contradictions: Envisioning European Futures”
Paris, France • July 8-10, 2015
Organized by the Council for European Studies

In many historical moments, Europe’s futures have seemed not simply open and uncertain, but replete with contradiction. Similarly, in contemporary Europe, the responses of both ordinary Europeans and the continent’s collective institutions to the challenges posed by crisis again constitute a series of contradictions—many of which reiterate large questions from Europe’s past, while also affecting the ability of social forces to imagine possible futures.

Today, Europe is a space within which the principle of social solidarity appears firmly rooted, yet also one in which the politics of austerity threaten to erode welfare state commitments. It is a context in which supra-national institutions and transnational social connections have progressed far, but also the scene of substantial efforts to reassert nationalism. It is a setting in which many are disenchanted with mainstream politics, yet also challenged by the possible growth of new movements. These and other tensions manifest themselves in individual lives, social relations, institutions, and collective projects.

Thus, for its 2015 conference, the Council for European Studies (CES) invites proposals for panels, roundtables, book discussions, and individual papers that examine such opposing tendencies and, facing forward, consider the many potential futures emerging from the European crisis. We encourage proposals in the widest range of disciplines, and, in particular, proposals that combine disciplines, nationalities, and generations. Although it is not mandatory that papers be related to the conference theme, papers that do so are especially welcome. The Committee will accept only two submissions per person as attendees may only present in a maximum of two sessions.

We strongly encourage participants to submit their proposals as part of an organized panel. Full panel proposals will be given top priority in the selection process by the Program Committee. Participants may find it useful to connect with like-minded scholars through the growing number of CES Research Networks.

Deadlines:
Proposals may be submitted from August 18 to October 13, 2014. Participants will be notified of the Committee’s decisions by December 18, 2014. Information on how to submit will be posted on the Council’s website and disseminated through its newsletter. To subscribe to the CES newsletter, join the CES mailing list today.

For more information, please visit: https://councilforeuropeanstudies.org/conferences/2015-ces-conference

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Jobs for Medievalists

University of Toronto, Department of English
Assistant Professor – Old English
Requisition Number: 1401795

Job Field: Tenure Stream
Department: English
Campus: St George (downtown Toronto)
Closing Date: 31/Oct/14

The University of Toronto invites applications for a joint tenure-stream position in the Department of English (75%) and the Centre for Medieval Studies (25%) in the field of Old English. The appointment will be at the rank of Assistant Professor and will begin on July 1, 2015.

Applicants must have earned a PhD by July 1, 2015 or shortly thereafter, with a demonstrated record of excellence in teaching and research. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The Department of English and the Centre for Medieval Studies offer the opportunity to teach and to conduct research in units that are committed to studying both medieval culture and English language and literature in historical depth and geographical range. Situated in one of the most diverse cities in the world, the Department and the Centre reflect that diversity in their approach to English as a world language. The Department and Centre are committed to excellence in teaching and research. Candidates must display evidence of excellence in both these areas.

All qualified candidates are invited to apply online by visiting http://www.hrandequity.utoronto.ca/careers/co.htm . Applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, teaching dossier (including a statement of teaching philosophy), a statement outlining current and future research interests, and a substantial writing sample. If you have questions about this position, please contact careers.english@utoronto.ca. All application materials should be submitted online.

Submission guidelines can be found at: http://uoft.me/how-to-apply. We recommend combining attached documents into one or two files in PDF/MS Word format.

Applicants should also ask three referees to send letters directly to the department via e-mail to careers.english@utoronto.ca by the closing date, October 31, 2014.

For more information about the Department of English, please visit http://english.utoronto.ca or for the Centre of Medieval Studies at http://medieval.utoronto.ca.

The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from visible minority group members, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, members of sexual minority groups, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

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Jobs for Medievalists

The Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Toronto, invites applications for a position as Drafting Editor at the Dictionary of Old English. This is a grant-funded contractually limited term appointment for three years, with the possibility of renewal, at the rank of Assistant Professor. The appointment will begin on January 1, 2015.

The successful candidate will have a PhD by time of appointment or shortly thereafter. Applicants must also demonstrate a deep familiarity and expertise with the Corpus of Old English and have excellent research ability. The successful candidate will have teaching experience and will be expected to contribute to teaching in the graduate program in the Centre for Medieval Studies. Knowledge of medieval Latin is essential and proficiency in a cognate Germanic language is desirable. The primary responsibility of the successful candidate will be to draft entries for the Dictionary of Old English.

This position offers a rare opportunity to participate in team research in the humanities, and therefore the ability to work well with other members of the project and to complete entries efficiently and expeditiously to deadline is of paramount importance. The position also involves outreach to the public, so the ability to communicate the project’s research in a dynamic, engaging manner is also essential. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

All qualified candidates are invited to apply by clicking on the link below.
Applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, dissertation abstract and writing sample up to a maximum of 20 pages. If you have questions about this position, please contact director.medieval@utoronto.ca. All application materials should be submitted online. We will begin reviewing applications on November 1, 2014 and continue until the position is filled.

Submission guidelines can be found at: http://uoft.me/how-to-apply. We recommend combining attached documents into one or two files in PDF/MS word format.

Applicants should also ask three referees to send letters directly to the Centre for Medieval Studies via e-mail to director.medieval@utoronto.ca.

For more information about the Centre for Medieval Studies or the Dictionary of Old English, please visit our home pages: http://www.medieval.utoronto.ca, and http://www.doe.utoronto.ca.

The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from visible minority group members, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, members of sexual minority groups, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

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Call for Papers – Rewriting Arthurian Matter

The French originals were repeatedly rewritten in many ways, in a process of recreation that transformed them profoundly, altering their aesthetic and ideological dimensions while it expanded their reception. The prosification and the ciclification of the matter favoured themes and original forms that were disseminated throughout Europe. And this transfer often entailed a linguistic translation, which was the subject, many times also, of its own and long rewriting, as was the case in the Iberian Peninsula, where, in addition, it provided the model for the indigenous romance Amadis de Gaula. These different rewritings and their processing are, therefore, the themes of the colloquium.

Those wishing to present a paper are invited to send a proposal of approximately two hundred words to pgracia@ugr.es by December 1. The languages of the colloquium are the official ones of the Society (French, English and German), as well as the Hispano- Romance languages and Italian, in the case of works on the subject in both peninsulas.

Acceptance of proposals will be communicated by email and a few days after receipt. The message will contain information regarding registration, accomodation and travel, that will also appear in the website of the colloquium www.ugr.es/~pgracia, now in preparation. A provisional program will be published in December.

Registration fees are set at . 65 for participants who belong to any of the various branches of the International Arthurian Society and . 100 for others who register, but discounts will be granted in order to favour the participation of researchers from Latin American countries or from Eastern Europe.

February is a good month to visit Granada and enjoying the views of the snow-covered Sierra Nevada and where 30 km away it is possible to ski under the sun. The city has an airport, although, in many cases, it is more convenient to fly to Malaga, located an hour and a half away by road.

Paloma Gracia, secretary of the Hispanic branch of the International Arthurian Society

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Call for Papers – The Learned Clerk in Late Medieval England Neglected Sources

The Learned Clerk in Late Medieval England
Neglected Sources, New Perspectives
A Symposium at Bates College, 9-10 July 2015

Organised by
Sylvia Federico & James Clark

Between the death of Edward III and the first deposition of Henry VI the foundations of the English polity fractured. The magnate compact, which healed old wounds and won early victories in the Hundred Years War, was dissolved; the subordination of the commons, within and beyond parliament proved unsustainable; consensus and co-operation across the competing constituencies of the institutional church could no longer be assured. Yet an historical moment of acute crises and chronic uncertainties was also one of remarkable intellectual ferment; of new writing in all three of the kingdom’s languages; of the recovery of old and the reception of new authorities which (re)connected writers and readers both with their cultural heritage and with their cultural neighbours; of a readership which appeared to reach across institutional and occupational groups; of the renewal of England’s early passion for the material book, which blossomed in what may be seen as the last great age of script and decoration before the advent of print. The tried and tested labels for this learned culture – the rise of the vernacular, the triumph of the secular clerk, among others – are now recognised to be tired and tenuous. The true fascination of this period is that its intellectual energy flowed not from any one source – or institutional, occupational, social or cultural context – but from the creative tensions between them. The critical challenges for current researchers are to (re)trace and (re)interpret these relationships. This symposium aims to bring together scholars who have been drawn to the period from a variety of disciplinary positions – literature, Latin and Vernacular, history, of church, intellectual life and visual culture, and manuscript studies – together to begin the task of fashioning a fresh interpretative framework. Papers will be grouped according to a number of the themes highlighted in the most recent research: Recovering the sources and the scope for digital renewal; Learned clerk: contexts and outlooks; Authorities; Humanist Gestures; Publication & transmission; Coteries & networks; Modus compilandi libellos: modern editorial approaches to late medieval authorial practice.

Proposals for papers addressing these or related themes are invited by 9 January 2015. Further enquiries to sfederic@bates.edu or j.g.clark@exeter.ac.uk.

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