MAA 2021 Annual Meeting: Proposals due June 1

MAA 2021 Annual Meeting
Proposals Due June 1

Please submit your proposal using the portal on the Annual Meeting website:

Please note: if you chose to defer your presentation or session from 2020 to 2021, you must resubmit your proposal using the online portal, including a note about the deferral in the “abstracts” field.

We are aware that many of our members will see their travel funding (if they had any at all) curtailed if not eliminated entirely in the next academic year. We are working on putting additional Annual Meeting travel funding in place for those who need it. We will have more information about such funding in a few months.

Please contact the Program Committee ( with questions.

Be well, and stay safe.

Deborah Deliyannis and Diane Reilly, Program Committee Co-Chairs
Renate Blumenfeld-Kosinski, MAA President
Lisa Fagin Davis, MAA Executive Director

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Call for Submissions: Metropolitan Museum Journal

The Editorial Board of the Metropolitan Museum Journal invites submissions of original research on works of art in the Museum’s collection.

The Journal publishes Articles and Research Notes. All texts must take works of art in the collection as the point of departure. Articles contribute extensive and thoroughly argued scholarship, whereas research notes are often smaller in scope, focusing on a specific aspect of new research or presenting a significant finding from technical analysis. The maximum length for articles is 8,000 words (including endnotes) and 10–12 images, and for research notes 4,000 words with 4–6 images.

The process of peer review is double-blind. Manuscripts are reviewed by the Journal Editorial Board, composed of members of the curatorial, conserva­tion, and scientific departments, as well as external scholars.

Articles and Research Notes in theJournal appear both in print and online, and are accessible via MetPublications and the Journal‘s home page on the University of Chicago Press website.

The deadline for submissions for Volume 56 (2021) is September 15, 2020.


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Online Summer School in Latin and Greek Codicology and Palaeography 6-10 July 2020

Dates: 6 – 10 July 2020. Application deadline: 8 June.

The Summer School in Latin and Greek Codicology and Palaeography is an
intensive, real time (CET), fully interactive online course using
Zoom. With a focus on intensive Latin and Greek palaeography seminars
in parallel tracks at both beginner and advanced levels, it also
provides instruction in textual criticism and diplomatics. It includes
seminars, thematic lectures, assignments, introduction to online
resources, a palaeography exam and opportunity for consultation. The
one-week course comprises two morning sessions and one afternoon
session each day. The course gives a certificate and ECTS credits.

With faculty regularly teaching at codicology and palaeography summer
schools in London, Rome and Budapest, the Summer School fills the gap
left this summer by the cancellations worldwide. The course is an
online adaptation of the Summer School with the same theme and
structure run previously in situ and is organised within the framework
of the Summer University of the Central European University, Budapest.

Fees: Standard 400 EUR, student 300 EUR, tuition waivers are available.

For detailed information and application see the Summer School’s website:

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GSC Mentorship Program for IMC Leeds: Deadline June 8

June 8, 2020

*Please note that since IMC Leeds has been cancelled due the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be running the mentorship program digitally. Because of this, anybody can participate, regardless of their Leeds 2020 attendance plans*

The Graduate Student Committee (GSC) of the Medieval Academy of America invites both those who would have attended the 2020 International Medieval Congress, hosted by the University of Leeds (6-9 July 2020), and any other interested medievalists to participate in the GSC Virtual Mentoring Program.

The GSC Mentoring Program facilitates networking between graduate students or early career scholars and established scholars by pairing student and scholar according to discipline.

Mentorship exchanges are intended to help students establish professional contacts 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 2020.

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

Julia King & Lauren Van Nest
2020-2021 Mentoring Program Coordinators

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MAA Webinar TOMORROW: In and Beyond the Digital: Career Pathways for Humanists

In and Beyond the Digital: Career Pathways for Humanists

A Medieval Academy of America Webinar

Wednesday, May 13, 2020
12-1 PM EDT
Zoom link:
This webinar is free and open to the public. It will be recorded and posted.

In this moment of global crisis, medievalists and all those who work in the humanities face a period of increased uncertainty about the environments in which they work and operate. The National Endowment for the Humanities is a federal agency dedicated to supporting humanistic endeavors across the nation. In this talk, Hannah Alpert-Abrams from the Office of Digital Humanities will speak about career pathways for humanists in and beyond the digital, and about the role of the humanities in uncertain times. Dr. Alpert-Abrams’ presentation will be followed by a discussion period, moderated by the MAA’s Digital Humanities and Multimedia Committee. Although members of the MAA’s Graduate Student Association are the primary audience for the presentation, all are welcome. Graduate student supervisors and those working with job-seekers are especially encouraged to join.

For more information, please contact Laura Morreale, Chair, Digital Humanities and Multimedia Committee, at

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Western Michigan University – Publication Prizes

Western Michigan University’s Medieval Institute has announced the winners of the Szarmach, Gründler, and La corónica publication prizes:

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Mise-En-Page in Medieval Manuscripts – Thursday, May 28, 2020 at 2:00 PM (EST)

Mise-En-Page in Medieval Manuscripts

Thursday, May 28, 2020 at 2:00 PM to 2:40 PM (EST)

Investigating mise-en-page is a key area of manuscript studies. It includes a description
and evaluation of each component of the manuscript’s internal design. Such features
include the pricking and ruling for the writing grid; the arrangement of ‘information
retrieval tools’, like enlarged initials, rubrics, and intertextual space; and, when
contemporary, paratextual features, like running headers and chapter numbers.

What manuscript scholars can learn from mise-en-page can be underestimated,
as we often tend to look principally at script and decoration in and of themselves. The
arrangement of the writing grid, the placement of initials, and the use of particular tools
can indicate place of origin; while certain features, such as running headers, or where
the text is placed relative to the ruled line, can indicate date. Sometimes it is also
possible to ascertain the function of a manuscript from its mise-en-page.

In this webinar, Elaine Treharne, the Roberta Bowman Denning Professor of
Humanities at Stanford University, will introduce participants to the basics of manuscript
mise-en-page, discussing manuscripts from the tenth to the fifteenth centuries. The
webinar will highlight the core things to look out for, and show how attention to the
tiniest of details can happily complement other palaeographical and codicological skills
in our research.

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Upcoming MAA Webinars

We hope you will join us for this week’s MAA Webinars:

In and Beyond the Digital: Career Pathways for Humanists (13 May 2020, 12-1 PM EDT)

The Mother of All Pandemics: The State of Black Death Research in the Era of Covid-19  (15 May 2020, 1 – 3 PM EDT)

Both webinars are open to the public and do not require registration. Click the links above for more information and instructions for attending the webinars.

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Recipient of the 2020 Bonnie Wheeler Fellowship

The Bonnie Wheeler Fellowship Fund is pleased to announce that historian Caroline Dunn (Clemson University) is the recipient of the 2020 Bonnie Wheeler Fellowship for her project Ladies-In-Waiting in Medieval England.

The fellowship ( provides recognition and financial assistance to tenured women medievalists throughout the nation who need time and resources to complete a significant work of research that may help them break through the “glass ceiling” and achieve promotion.

A special feature of the Bonnie Wheeler Fellowships is the designation of a mentor for the fellow. Katherine French, J. Frederick Hoffman Professor of History at the University of Michigan, serves as Dunn’s mentor.

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Cara News – University of Michigan
, Medieval and Early Modern Studies

University of MichiganMedieval and Early Modern Studies
1029 Tisch, 435 S. State St., Univ. of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1003
Phone: 734-763-2066  //  Fax: 734-647-4881

Program Associate: Terre Fisher (

Faculty Contact, 2019-2021: Achim Timmermann (

Department of History of Art University of Michigan
Ann Arbor MI 48109-1003
Phone: 734-763-6112

For further information about programs, degrees, and affiliated faculty, please visit our website:

Lectures and Events:

In 2019-2020, guest lecturers/presenters included Camillo Gomez-Rivas (University of California, Santa Cruz); Patricia Akhimie (Rutgers University); Erik Inglis (Oberlin College); Kevin van Bladel (Yale University); Elizabeth Hebbard (Indiana University); Charles Hirschkind (University of California, Berkeley); Cernal Kafadar (Harvard University); Charles Sanft (University of Tennessee, Knoxville); Nicolas Fernandez Medina (Penn State University); Valentina Denzel (Michigan State University); Sara McDougall (City University of New York); Julia Rubanivich (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem).

Conferences, special lectures, and ongoing colloquia included SEP: “Islamic Law in Movement: Saints, Merchants and Technocrats: The Diffusion of Malikism in the Islamic West”; “The Qualities of Breeding: Race and Conduct in The Merchant of Venice”; “Reading Storied Ground in Medieval Rome”; “It began with a Picture, or Inventing Stories to Make Sense of Images in Medieval Europe.” OCT: “A Whiff of Nirvana: Why Chinese Buddhists were not Vegans”; “Horror and Enchantment” international symposium; “The Reshaping of Persian after the Seventh-Century Arabian Conquest and Colonization”; “The Lyric Authority of Goats and Women”; “What a 12th Century Muslim says to at 21st Century Christian in Andalusia: Inheriting a complex Religious Identity”; “Calvary in Kitzingen: Dragging Your Cross through Eighteenth-Century Franconia”; “Vampire Trouble is More Serious Than the Mighty Plague: A Comparative Look at the History of Evil and Mischief, Inspired by Evliya Celebi (1611- ca. 1684).” NOV: “The Emperor Has No Voice: Imperial Utterance in Excavated Han Documents”; “Between Life and Death: The Cultural Politics of Early Modern Spanish Medicine, 1770-1808.” DEC: Book Workshop with Prof. Alexander Knysh, U-M Islamic Studies; “Engaging Images: Art History and Anthropology in Conversation.” JAN: “Down and Out and Pregnant in Medieval France.” FEB: “Traditions Entwined: Writing Judeo-Persian Poetry in fourteenth-Century Iran.” Additionally, as usual we offered the Medieval Lunch Series (organized by Forum on Research in Medieval Studies [FoRMS], roughly monthly); FoRMS Reading Group (once per term); and the Premodern Colloquium (monthly). EVENTS IN MARCH AND APRIL CANCELLED DUE TO COVID 19.

Annual budget: $34,000

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