2020-2021 Schoenberg Institute Visiting Research Fellowships

The Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies (SIMS) at the University of Pennsylvania Libraries is accepting applications for its 2020-2021 Visiting Research Fellowship program. Guided by the vision of its founders, Lawrence J. Schoenberg and Barbara Brizdle Schoenberg, SIMS aims to bring manuscript culture, modern technology, and people together to provide access to and understanding of our shared intellectual heritage. Part of the Penn Libraries, SIMS oversees an extensive collection of premodern manuscripts from around the world (https://dla.library.upenn.edu/dla/medren), with a special focus on the history of philosophy and science, and creates open-access digital content to support the study of its collections. SIMS also hosts the Schoenberg Database of Manuscripts (https://sdbm.library.upenn.edu/) and the annual Schoenberg Symposium on Manuscript Studies in the Digital Age (http://www.library.upenn.edu/about/exhibits-events/ljs-symposium).

The SIMS Visiting Research Fellowships have been established to encourage research relating to the premodern manuscript collections at the University of Pennsylvania Libraries, including the Schoenberg Collection. Affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania, located near other manuscript-rich research collections (the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, the Free Library of Philadelphia, the Science History Institute, and the Rosenbach Museum and Library, among many others), and linked to the local and international scholarly communities, SIMS offers fellows a network of resources and opportunities for collaboration. Fellows will be encouraged to interact with SIMS staff, Penn faculty, and other medieval and early modern scholars in the Philadelphia area. Fellows will also be expected to present their research at Penn Libraries either during the term of the fellowship or on a selected date following the completion of the term.

Applicants can apply to spend 1 month (minimum of 4 work weeks) at SIMS between July 1, 2020, and June 30, 2021. Applications are due May 15, 2020. For more information and to apply, please visithttps://schoenberginstitute.org/visiting-research-fellowships-2/

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MAA News – MAA 2020 and COVID-19 update

Dear Colleagues,

We know that there is growing anxiety about Coronavirus, also known as COVID-19. Your health and safety are our utmost priorities, and we are monitoring the situation closely. Currently, in accordance with CDC and California State guidelines, we have no plans to cancel the Medieval Academy Annual Meeting. As of March 3, “The California Department of Public Health is not recommending the cancellation of public events. There is no evidence of sustained person-to-person transmission of the virus in in the United States. The health risk from COVID-19 to the general public remains low at this time.

We are in the process of putting together a contingency plan, in case cancellation should become necessary. We will let registrants, members, and the medievalist community at large know if the situation changes.

Here are some resources that will provide additional information about COVID-19:

https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/Immunization/ncov2019.aspx

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/mass-gatherings-ready-for-covid-19.html
 
Online registration for the 2020 Annual Meeting closes at 11:59 PM on March 6.  We are already beyond the 21 February deadline for refunds.  Should we have to cancel the meeting, it may take some time to determine the level of refund that can be provided.  We ask your patience as we respond to this challenging situation.  Click here to register and for more information about the meeting:

https://www.medievalacademy.org/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1125497

Sincerely,

Maureen Miller and Katherine O’Brien O’Keefe, Program Committee Co-Chairs
Lisa Fagin Davis, Executive Director

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MAA News – MAA 2020 Updates

Please note that online registration closes on March 6. Registration information and the full program can be found here: https://www.medievalacademy.org/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1125497

1) Parents with infants may register before the Annual Meeting to obtain access to the lactation room on the third level of Wheeler Hall (Room 313).  To request a security code for room access, please complete the registration form available here: https://www.emailmeform.com/builder/form/MwR2U10910tdBJe54Xep4Z or visit the campus’s Breastfeeding Support website: https://uhs.berkeley.edu/facstaff/wellness/breastfeeding-support

2) Bonus Lunchtime Event Saturday March 28 12:45-1:45 pm:Medieval Visionaries of Vision: Grosseteste & Giotto

A scientist and a humanities scholar – Prof. Tom McLeish FRS (Physics and Centre for Medieval Studies, University of York, UK and Asst. Prof. Henrike Lange (History of Art and Italian Studies, University of California, Berkeley – take complementary perspectives on two medieval figures of immense influence in the history of ideas, scientific and artistic, leading a lunchtime master class on the value of interdisciplinary readings across fields in the recovery of a united vision for the production of knowledge today. The introduction will include an account of the international Ordered Universe project. The Ordered Universe project brings science, philology, and history to bear on the natural philosophy of Robert Grosseteste, while producing both new historical scholarship and new science from the encounter. A discussion with participants will develop on the theme of good practice in interdisciplinary science-humanities research, mirrored by the value of integrating multiple disciplines in Giotto scholarship, and the role of imagination in the arts and sciences.

Please RSVP by March 26th 2020 to henrike.lange@berkeley.edu with the subject line “RSVP Visionaries of Vision.” Participants will meet at 12:45 sharp at the Campanile Way entrance to Doe Library.

See you in Berkeley!

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MAA News – 2021 MAA Annual Meeting Call for Papers

96th Annual Meeting
Medieval Academy of America 
Indiana University, Bloomington
15-18 April, 2021

Call for Papers

The 96th Annual Meeting of the Medieval Academy of America will take place on the campus of the Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. The meeting is jointly hosted by the Medieval Academy of America and the Medieval Studies Institute of the Indiana University.  The conference program will feature a diverse range of sessions highlighting innovative scholarship across the many disciplines contributing to medieval studies.

The Program Committee invites proposals for papers on all topics and in all disciplines and periods of medieval studies. Any member of the Medieval Academy may submit a paper proposal; others may submit proposals as well but must become members in order to present papers at the meeting. Special consideration will be given to individuals whose field would not normally involve membership in the Medieval Academy.

The program committee encourages medievalists of all professional standing to submit abstracts. We are particularly interested in receiving submissions from those working outside of traditional academic positions, including independent scholars , emeritus or adjunct faculty, university administrators, those working in academic-adjacent institutions (libraries, archives, museums, scholarly societies, or cultural research centers), editors and publishers, and other fellow medievalists.

Click here for the Call for Papers and submission instructions: https://maa2021.indiana.edu/

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MAA News – Upcoming Application Deadlines

MAA/CARA Summer Scholarships (deadline 15 March):
The MAA/CARA Summer Scholarships support graduate students and especially promising undergraduate students participating in summer courses in medieval languages or manuscript studies. Applicants must be members of the Medieval Academy in good standing with at least one year of graduate school remaining and must demonstrate both the importance of the summer course to their program of study and their home institution’s inability to offer analogous coursework. Click here for more information.

Applicants for this and other MAA programs must be members in good standing of the Medieval Academy. Please contact the Executive Director for more information about these and other MAA programs.

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MAA News – MAA Book Subventions

The Medieval Academy Book Subvention Program provides grants of up to $2,500 to university or other non-profit scholarly presses to support the publication of first books by Medieval Academy members. The deadline for proposals is 1 May 2020. Click here for more information.

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MAA News – MAA@Kzoo

As always, the Medieval Academy of America will have a strong presence at the International Congress on Medieval Studies (May 7-10).

1) The Friday morning plenary, sponsored by the Academy, will be delivered by Sharon Kinoshita (Univ. of California-Santa Cruz), “Marco Polo and the Diversity of the Global Middle Ages” (Friday, 8:30 AM, Bernhard, East Ballroom). Two related sessions organized by Prof. Kinoshita will take place on Friday at 1:30 PM (Session 227) and 3:30 PM (Session 282). Both sessions will take place in Fetzer 2020.

2) On Sunday at 10:30 AM, the Graduate Student Committee is sponsoring a roundtable titled “Teaching the Middle Ages with Inclusivity and Diversity” (Session 515, Fetzer 1005). The GSC reception will take place on Friday at 5:15 PM in Fetzer 1035.

3) The K-12 Committee is sponsoring a roundtable on Saturday at 10 AM, “Making the Medieval Matter: Teaching the Middle Ages across K-16” (Session 340, Fetzer 1045).

4) The annual CARA Luncheon will take place on Friday at noon (Bernhard, President’s Dining Room). This event is free but pre-registration is required. Click here to register.

5) Finally, we invite you to visit our staffed table in the exhibit hall to introduce yourself, transact any Medieval Academy business you may have, or pick up some chocolate to keep you going during those long afternoon sessions. As always, we will be giving away fifty free one-year memberships to new members, so spread the word!

See you at the ‘Zoo!

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MAA News – Good News From Our Members

Prof. Carissa Harris (Temple University) has been awarded the Best Book Prize from the Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship for Obscene Pedagogies: Transgressive Talk and Sexual Education in Late Medieval Britain, published by Cornell University Press.

Prof. Audrey Walton (Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Toronto) has been awarded a John Charles Polanyi Prize from the government of Ontario for her research on vernacular English literature.

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MAA 2020 and COVID-19 update

Dear Colleagues,

We know that there is growing anxiety about Coronavirus, also known as COVID-19. Your health and safety are our utmost priorities, and we are monitoring the situation closely. Currently, in accordance with CDC and California State guidelines, we have no plans to cancel the Medieval Academy Annual Meeting. As of March 3, “The California Department of Public Health is not recommending the cancellation of public events. There is no evidence of sustained person-to-person transmission of the virus in in the United States. The health risk from COVID-19 to the general public remains low at this time.

We are in the process of putting together a contingency plan, in case cancellation should become necessary. We will let registrants, members, and the medievalist community at large know if the situation changes.

Here are some resources that will provide additional information about COVID-19:

https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/Immunization/ncov2019.aspx

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/mass-gatherings-ready-for-covid-19.html

Online registration for the 2020 Annual Meeting closes at 11:59 PM on March 6.  We are already beyond the 21 February deadline for refunds.  Should we have to cancel the meeting, it may take some time to determine the level of refund that can be provided.  We ask your patience as we respond to this challenging situation.  Click here to register and for more information about the meeting:

https://www.medievalacademy.org/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1125497

Sincerely,

Maureen Miller and Katherine O’Brien O’Keefe, Program Committee Co-Chairs
Lisa Fagin Davis, Executive Director

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Call for Contributing Reviewers

The International Congress on Medieval Studies, hosted by the Medieval Institute at Western Michigan University, is now accepting self-nominations for volunteers to serve as contributing reviewers of proposals for Sponsored and Special Sessions for the 56th and 57th congresses (2021 and 2022). The deadline for self-nomination is April 1: wmich.edu/medievalcongress/submissions/selection.

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