Mary Jaharis Center Lecture Series: Lamenting Eden, November 17

The Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture is pleased to announce the next lecture in its 2015–2016 lecture series.

On November 17, 2015, at 6:15 pm at the Harvard Faculty Club, Derek Krueger (University of North Carolina at Greensboro) will present “Lamenting Eden: Placing Adam, Eve, and Humanity in Byzantine Hymns.” Dr. Krueger will explores human emotion as expressed in Byzantine hymnography from the fifth to the ninth century..

The lecture is co-sponsored by Harvard University Standing Committee on Medieval Studies.

Please join us for a reception following the lecture.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015, at 6:15 pm
Harvard Faculty Club
20 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

The lecture is free and open to the public.

Please visit or contact Brandie Ratliff (, Director, Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture, for additional information.

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MAA News – 2016 Election of Officers and Councilors

"Dante and Virgil in Conversation," from Oxford: Bodleian Library, MS. Holkham Misc. 48, p. 67. © Bodleian Library, University of Oxford.

“Dante and Virgil in Conversation,” from Oxford: Bodleian Library, MS. Holkham Misc. 48, p. 67. © Bodleian Library, University of Oxford.

Voting in the MAA elections is now open. This is one of the most important means that members have to impact both the MAA and the future of medieval studies in North America, as the Council and Officers of the Academy are responsible for establishing Academy policies and guidelines, overseeing the annual budget, and determining the direction of the organization, among other responsibilities. We have a very strong roster of candidates this year, including:

President: Carmela Vircillo Franklin (Classics, Columbia Univ.)

1st Vice-President: Margot E. Fassler (Music History and Liturgy, Univ. of Notre Dame)

2nd Vice-President: David Wallace (English and Comparative Literature, Univ. of Pennsylvania)

Council (four seats available):
Rick Barton (History, Univ. of North Carolina at Greensboro)
María Bullón-Fernández (English, Seattle Univ.)
Emily C. Francomano (Spanish, Georgetown Univ.)
Matthew Gabriele (History, Virginia Tech.)
Matthew Giancarlo (English, Univ. of Kentucky)
Sharon Kinoshita (French, Univ. of California, Santa Cruz)
Amy Livingstone (History, Wittenberg Univ.)
Jerry Singerman (Comparative Literature, Univ. of Pennsylvania Press)

Nominating Committee (two seats available):

Roland Betancourt (Art History, Univ. of California, Irvine)
Joyce Coleman (English, Univ. of Oklahoma)
Sean L. Field (History, Univ. of Vermont)
Fiona Griffiths (History, Stanford Univ.)

Biographies of all the candidates are available online. The deadline for receipt of your vote is 15 December 2015.

It is important to note that your ballot will be invalid if you vote for more than the allowable number of candidates indicated on the electronic ballot.


If you wish to cast a paper ballot instead, please contact me at Thank you for participating in the election.

-Lisa Fagin Davis, Executive Director

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MAA News – Upcoming Deadlines: MAA Grants and Awards

Der Schulmeister von Eßlingen, from Heidelberg, Cod. Pal. germ. 848, Große Heidelberger Liederhandschrift (Codex Manesse), Zürich, c.1300-c.1340, fol. 292v.

Der Schulmeister von Eßlingen, from Heidelberg, Cod. Pal. germ. 848, Große Heidelberger Liederhandschrift (Codex Manesse), Zürich, c.1300-c.1340, fol. 292v.

Birgit Baldwin Fellowship (Deadline 15 November 2015)

The Birgit Baldwin Fellowship provides a grant of $20,000 to support a graduate student in a North American university who is researching and writing a significant dissertation for the Ph.D. on any subject in French medieval history that can be realized only by sustained research in the archives and libraries of France. The fellowship helps defray research and living expenses for the equivalent of an academic year of study, beginning in September 2016. It may be renewed for a second year upon demonstration of satisfactory progress.

Kindrick-CARA Award for Outstanding Service to Medieval Studies (Deadline 15 November 2015)

The Robert L. Kindrick-CARA Award for Outstanding Service to Medieval Studies recognizes Medieval Academy members who have provided leadership in developing, organizing, promoting, and sponsoring medieval studies through the extensive administrative work that is so crucial to the health of medieval studies but that often goes unrecognized by the profession at large. This award of $1000 is presented at the Annual Meeting of the Medieval Academy.

CARA Award for Excellence in Teaching  (Deadline 15 November 2015)

The CARA Award for Excellence in Teaching Medieval Studies recognizes Medieval Academy members who are outstanding teachers who have contributed to the profession by inspiring students at the undergraduate or graduate levels or by creating innovative and influential textbooks or other materials for teaching medieval subjects.

Travel Grants  (Deadline 15 November 2015 for meetings to be held between 16 February and 31 August 2016) NOTE: this deadline has been extended until 15 November

The Medieval Academy provides a limited number of travel grants to help Academy members who hold doctorates but are not in full-time faculty positions, or are adjuncts without access to institutional funding, attend conferences to present their work.

Please follow the links above for eligibility criteria and submission instructions, which have recently changed. Contact the Academy office at for additional information.

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MAA News – October Issue of Speculum

Speculum2015The October issue Speculum is on its way to your mailbox and, in addition to several dozen book reviews, includes the following articles:

Sebastian Sobecki, “Ecce patet tensus: The Trentham Manuscript, In Praise of Peace, and John Gower’s Autograph Hand” (see also this piece on;

Constant J. Mews and Tomas Zahora, “Remembering Last Things and Regulating Behavior in the Early Fourteenth Century: From the De consideratione novissimorum to the Speculum morale“;

Elizabeth C. Parker, “The Politics of the Tunic in Antelami’s Deposition in Parma”;

John Bugbee, “Dante’s Staircase and the History of the Will”;

Heather Blurton, “The Language of the Liturgy in the Life and Miracles of William of Norwich.”

Online access to Speculum is a perquisite of membership in the Medieval Academy. To access Speculum online, you must first sign in to your account on the Medieval Academy website, After signing in, follow the link on the “Speculum Online” page to access the journal through the Cambridge University Press site.

For more information about Speculum, click here.

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MAA News – Save the Date: 2016 Annual Meeting

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

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

The 91st Annual Meeting of the Medieval Academy of America will take place on February 25-27 in Boston.

The program will feature three plenary speakers: Barbara Newman (President of the Medieval Academy of America, John Evans Professor of Latin and Professor of English, Religious Studies, and Classics, Northwestern University); William Noel (Director, Kislak Center for Special Collections, University of Pennsylvania); and Robin Fleming (Professor of History, Boston College, and a 2013 MacArthur Fellow). In addition, the program will include fifty concurrent sessions in a wide variety of formats and covering a broad array of disciplines. Threads include Digital Humanities, Carolingian Studies, the Eleventh Century, Unfinished Works, Lyric Transformations, Medieval Ecologies, and Monasticisms. The Digital Humanities thread will include a special session in which participants will be able to interact with several different DH projects.

The Annual Meeting will take place at the Hyatt Regency Boston in the downtown Theater District. For the closing reception – certain to be an unforgettable evening – we will gather at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, one of Boston’s greatest treasures. General information is available here. The Program will be available in December with registration and discounted hotel reservations available soon thereafter.

We hope you will join us for what is sure to be an excellent (and snow-free) Annual Meeting

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The Medieval Academy of America invites proposals for panels at the 2017 meeting of the American Historical Association in Denver, Colorado, January 5-8, 2017. The theme of the 2017 Meeting is “Historical Scale: Linking Levels of Experience.”

Each year the Medieval Academy co-sponsors with the AHA several sessions at this meeting that are likely to be of particular interest to MAA members and general interest to a broader audience.

There is a two-stage process. First, members of the Medieval Academy submit draft session descriptions to the MAA’s AHA Program Committee by emailing them to the committee chair, Samantha Kahn Herrick ( by February 1, 2016. Descriptions should include the session title, session abstract, paper titles, names and affiliations of the organizer, presenters, and (if relevant) respondent.

Individual paper abstracts are requested but not required. Guidelines for sessions and submitting proposals can be found on the AHA website here.

Second, if approved by the committee, the organizer submits the session proposal directly to the AHA (using their on-line system) by the deadline of February 16, 2016, indicating that the session has the sponsorship of the Medieval Academy of America.

Please note that only sessions approved by the AHA Program Committee will appear as sponsored by the MAA and AHA on the program and that the MAA does not independently sponsor sessions.

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MAA News – Self-Nominations for the MAA Graduate Student Committee

Fishermen. Abbey Bible. J. Paul Getty Museum, MS 107. Italian, probably Bologna, about 1250 - 1262. Tempera and gold leaf on parchment.

Fishermen. Abbey Bible. J. Paul Getty Museum, MS 107. Italian, probably Bologna, about 1250 – 1262. Tempera and gold leaf on parchment.

Deadline: 15 December 2015

The Medieval Academy of America is currently accepting self-nominations for vacancies opening up on the Graduate Student Committee (GSC) for the 2016-2018 term. The GSC comprises five members appointed for a two- year term on a rotating basis. Self-nominations are open to all graduate students, worldwide, who are members of the MAA and have at least two years remaining in their program of study.

The GSC was founded more than ten years ago to represent and promote the participation of graduate student medievalists within the MAA and the broader academic community. In addition to fostering international and interdisciplinary exchange, the GSC is dedicated to providing guidance on research, teaching, publishing, professionalization, funding, and employment, as well as offering a forum for the expression of the concerns and interests of our colleagues. Our responsibilities, thus, include organizing pre-professionalizing panels and social events annually at ICMS Kalamazoo, the MAA Annual Meeting, IMC Leeds, and biennially at ANZAMEMS. We also run a successful and popular Mentorship Program that pairs graduate students with faculty to discuss any aspect of our profession such as teaching, publishing, finding a successful work/life balance, maneuvering the job market, and more. In addition, we seek to bring together graduate students through virtual communities such as the growing Graduate Student Group on the MAA website, Facebook, Twitter, the med-grad listserv, and this tri-annual newsletter.

GSC members are asked to attend the Committee’s annual business meeting at Kalamazoo for the duration of their term and to communicate regularly with the group via email and Skype. Ideal applicants are expected to work well both independently and as part of a team in a collaborative environment. Previous experience with organizing conference panels and social events, as well as facility with social and digital media are not required, but may be a benefit.

Interested applicants should submit the following by December 15, 2015:

The Nomination Form;

– A brief CV (2 pages maximum) uploaded as part of the Nomination Form;

– A recommendation letter from your faculty advisor, sent to the Executive Director of the Medieval Academy by mail or as a PDF attachment (on letterhead with signature, to

New members will be selected by the Committee on Committees and confirmed by the Council of the Medieval Academy at the 2016 Annual Meeting in Boston, February 25-27. If you have any questions, please contact us at

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The Bibliographical Society of America is pleased to announce three new fellowships for 2016

2016 Fellowship Program Announcement

The Society invites applications for its seventh annual Katharine Pantzer Senior Fellowship in Bibliography and the British Book Trades as well as its annual short-term fellowships, all of which support bibliographical inquiry and research in the history of the book trades and in publishing history. Eligible topics may concentrate on books and documents in any field, but should focus on the book or manuscript (the physical object) as historical evidence. Such topics may include establishing a text or studying the history of book production, publication, distribution, collecting, or reading. Thanks to the generosity of donors, certain special fellowships support research in particular areas of study. Applicants should therefore read the fellowship titles and guidelines here to determine project eligibility and fit. Please note: these fellowships do not support enumerative bibliography (i.e. the preparation of lists). Individuals who have not received support in the previous five years will be given preference. All fellowships require a project report within one year of receipt of the award, and a copy of any subsequent publications resulting from the project, to be sent to the BSA.

Click here for more information.

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Jobs for Medievalists

Internship in the Medieval Manuscripts Team

The British Library is pleased to be able to offer a nine-month internship in the Ancient, Medieval and Early Modern Manuscripts section of the Western Heritage Department for a post-graduate or post-doctoral student in History, Art History, Medieval Language or Literature or other relevant subject.

The intern will be involved in all aspects of the work of the Ancient, Medieval and Early Modern Manuscripts section, including responding to enquiries, providing talks for students and patrons, selecting and presenting manuscripts for display in our exhibition gallery, and cataloguing, thereby gaining insight into various curatorial duties and aspects of collection care. During the internship at the Library, the intern will enjoy privileged access to printed and manuscript research material, and will work alongside specialists with wide-ranging and varied expertise.

The primary focus of the internship will be to enhance the online Digitised Manuscripts site by creating and supplementing catalogue entries for medieval manuscripts and accompanying images. The intern will also assist in researching and answering inquiries, preparing manuscripts for exhibition and writing exhibition labels, writing blog posts, and assisting in presentations to students and visitors, working under the supervision of the Lead Curator, Illuminated Manuscripts.

The internship is designed to provide an opportunity for the student to develop research skills and expertise in medieval history, and in presenting manuscripts to a range of audiences.

Previous interns have given feedback that they felt a valued member of the team, gained professional confidence and developed their career by carrying out a ‘real’ job with specific duties.

This is a full-time paid internship for nine months starting in January 2016, or as soon as relevant security checks have been completed.

Click here for more information.

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Call for Applications Fall 2016 – Spring 2017 / Camargo Foundation

Applications for the Camargo Foundation Residency
Fall 2016 and Spring 2017

The Camargo Foundation, located in Cassis, founded by artist and philanthropist Jerome Hill more than 40 years ago, is a residential center offering programming in the arts and humanities.

It offers a contemplative environment to think, create, and connect. The Fellowship program proposes a 6, 8, and 11 week residential fellowships to scholars and leading thinkers in the arts and humanities working in French and Francophone cultures, including the Mediterranean region; as well as artists of all disciplines.

The Camargo Foundation welcomes applications for Fellowships in Fall 2016 (8 weeks) and Spring 2017 (6, 8 or 11 weeks). A monthly stipend of $ 800 US is available, as is coverage of basic travel expenses. Spouses, and children over six are welcome.

More information about the application:

La Fondation Camargo, située à Cassis, a été créée par l’artiste et philanthrope Jerome Hill depuis 40 ans. Il s’agit d’un lieu de résidence dédié à l’art et aux sciences humaines et sociales.

Elle offre un environnement de qualité pour penser, créer et échanger. Le programme de résidence Camargo propose des résidences de 6, 8 ou 11 semaines pour les chercheurs et penseurs travaillant sur les cultures françaises/ francophones, y compris l’influence des cultures méditerranéennes ainsi que les artistes de toute discipline.

Les périodes de résidences sont à l’automne 2016 (8 semaines) et au printemps 2017 (6, 8 ou 11 semaines). Une bourse mensuelle de 800USD est disponible ainsi qu’une prise en charge du voyage. Les conjoints et enfants de plus de 6 ans sont bienvenus.

Plus d’informations sur l’application :

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