The 38th Keele Latin and Palaeography Summer School

25–30 July 2015
Saturday to Thursday

Expert tuition in small groups for those who need to read medieval and early modern documents for local and national history.

Courses range from introductions to medieval Latin and palaeography to more advanced ones on specialist topics.

Attended by local historians, postgraduate students, and archivists from UK and abroad.

Held in Keele University’s attractive campus in North Staffordshire.

For further information please visit the website:

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MAA News – Medieval Academy Books Update

MAB114We are thrilled to announce the publication of Medieval Academy Books, Volume 114: Siegfried Wenzel, Medieval ‘Artes Praedicandi': A Synthesis of Scholastic Sermon Structure (University of Toronto Press, 2015).

We are actively soliciting manuscripts for future publication. In general, Medieval Academy Books publishes philological studies, translations, and critical editions, from and in Latin as well as the vernacular. For more information about submitting your manuscript for consideration, please contact Sarah Spence, Editor of  Speculum and Director of Publications.

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MAA News – Visiting Scholars

We invite you to submit information about international scholars who will be visiting your institution during the upcoming academic year.

This information will be posted on our website and will assist colleagues in Medieval Studies programs that do not currently provide visiting positions, offering them the possibility of inviting an international scholar to their campus to deliver a lecture without incurring the expense of an international airfare.

Please click here to access the Visiting Scholar Form.

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MAA News – GSC Awards at Annual Meeting

Tripoli, Bohemond VI or VII, gold bezant, 1251-87. Courtesy of Princeton University Numismatic Collection.

Tripoli, Bohemond VI or VII, gold bezant, 1251-87. Courtesy of Princeton University Numismatic Collection.

At the 2015 Annual Meeting, the award for Best Graduate Student Paper was awarded to Karen Fuller, Univ. of Notre Dame, for “Reading the Scribe, The Homemade Book: a Family of Scribe-Annotators in the MS Digby 145 Piers Plowman”

Student Travel Bursaries were awarded to:

Lars Christensen, University of Minnesota, “Escaping the Musical-Dynastic Cycle: A Chinese Emperor’s View of Music Historiography”

Miles Hopgood, Princeton Theological Seminary, “Marginal Structuring and the Princeton Mandevie: Scribal Commentary through Shaping Text Perception”

Emily Kesling, Univ. of Oxford, “Irish Influence and Forbidden Charms in Anglo-Saxon England”

Ingrid Pierce, Purdue Univ., “Hearing Voices in Julian of Norwich’s A Revelation of Love”

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MAA News – Travel Grant Deadline

Medieval Academy Travel Grants allow independent scholars and unaffiliated faculty to travel to conferences to present their work. The deadline for meetings taking place between 1 September 2015 and 28 February 2016 is May 1. Click here for more information.

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MAA News – MAA/CARA Summer Language Scholarships

The Medieval Academy of America’s Committee on Area and Regional Associations (CARA) is pleased to announce that the Summer Language Scholarship program has been expanded for 2015 to allow more students to apply for support. The MAA/CARA Summer Language Scholarships support graduate students participating in summer courses in medieval languages or manuscript studies.

The stipend will be paid directly to the program to offset a portion of the tuition cost and is contingent on acceptance into the program. 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. The due date for applications is 10 May.

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MAA News – 2016 Annual Meeting Call for Papers

Image from Wikimedia Commons

Image from Wikimedia Commons

The 2016 Annual Meeting of the Medieval Academy will take place in Boston from February 25-27.

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, excepting those who presented papers at the annual meetings of the Medieval Academy in 2014 or 2015; 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.

Location: Boston is home to numerous universities, art museums, and performing arts companies. Hosted by several Boston-area institutions, the meeting will convene at the Hyatt, across the street from the renovated Opera House and in the heart of Boston’s theater district. The final reception will be held at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.

Theme(s): Rather than an overarching theme, the 2016 meeting will provide a variety of thematic connections among sessions. The Medieval Academy welcomes innovative sessions that cross traditional disciplinary boundaries or that use various disciplinary approaches to examine an individual topic. To both facilitate and emphasize interdisciplinarity, the Call for Papers is organized in “threads.” Sessions listed under these threads have been proposed to or by the Program Committee but the list provided below is not meant to be exhaustive or exclusive.

Proposals: Individuals may propose to offer a paper in one of the sessions below, a full panel of papers and speakers for a listed session, a full panel of papers and speakers for a session they wish to create, or a single paper not designated for a specific session.

Sessions usually consist of three 25-minute papers, and proposals should be geared to that length, although the committee is interested in other formats as well (poster sessions, digital experiences, etc). The Program Committee may choose a different format for some sessions after the proposals have been reviewed.

The complete Call for Papers with additional information, submission procedures, selections guidelines, and organizers is available here. The due date for proposals is May 1.

Please contact the Program Committee at with any questions.

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MAA News – Award Announcements

The American Council of Learned Societies has just announced its 2015 Fellows, and several members of the Medieval Academy are among them:

Andrew J. Albin (Assistant Professor, English, Fordham University) – Richard Rolle’s Melody of Love: Alliterative Translation and Commentary

Albrecht Diem (Associate Professor, History, Syracuse University) – Norm and Community: Early Medieval Monastic Rules and the Development of Regular Observance

Elina Gertsman (Associate Professor, Art History and Art, Case Western Reserve University) – Figuring Absence: Empty Spaces in Late Medieval Art

Thomas F. Madden (Professor, History, Saint Louis University) – The Lion and the Cross: Crusade, Memory, and Identity in Medieval and Early Modern Venice

Tanya Stabler Miller (Associate Professor, History and Political Science, Purdue University, Calumet) – Men, Women, and Religious Education in Medieval France

Several members of the Medieval Academy have recently been awarded grants from The National Endowment for the Humanities:

Jeffrey Hamburger (Project Director, working with William P. Stoneman, Lisa Fagin Davis, Nancy Netzer, and Anne-Marie Eze), Pages from the Past: Illuminated Manuscripts in Boston-Area Collections (Museums, Libraries, and Cultural Organizations Implementation)

Jenny Adams (Univ. of Massachusetts, Amherst), Student Debt and University Life in Medieval Oxford (Summer Stipend)

Jennifer Feltman (independent scholar), Moral Theology and the Cathedral: Sculpted Programs of the Last Judgment in Thirteenth-Century France (Summer Stipend)

Damian Fleming (Purdue University at Fort Wayne), Understanding Hebrew Alphabets in Early Medieval Manuscripts (Summer Stipend)

The National Science Foundation has made a major award to Patrick Geary (Institute for Advanced Study) and Krishna Veeramah (Stony Brook University) to “use advanced ancient DNA analysis to clarify the nature of the medieval ‘barbarian’ societies from which many modern-day Europeans still trace their national identities.”

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MAA News – Winners of the Olivia Remie Constable Awards

remieWe were honored to announce the first winners of the Olivia Remie Constable Awards at the Annual Meeting at the University of Notre Dame in March, an appropriate and poignant locale given Remie’s close association with UND’s Medieval Institute:

Laura Carlson, “The Hispani in Francia: Identity & Intellectual Exchange in the Carolingian Empire (ca. 711-850)”

Katherine Dimitrova, “Woven at the Crossroads of Culture: Avignon’s Role in Tapestry Production and Patronage during the Great Papal Schism (1378-1417)”

Maire Johnson, for travel to the 2015 International Congress on Celtic Studies, “Ruadan vs. Diarmait: Mixed Maledictory Arts, Hagiographical Style”

Jacqueline Anne Stuhmiller, for travel to the 2015 Kalamazoo Congress, “Animal Lovers: Bestiality in the Middle Ages”

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MAA News – New Publisher of Speculum

speculumOn 12 March, the Council of the Medieval Academy of America approved a 5-year-contract with the University of Chicago Press to serve as publisher of Speculum from 2016 – 2020 (Volumes 91 – 95). This decision was made after much due diligence on the part of Editor Sarah Spence, the Speculum Board, and an ad hoc committee. In making their recommendation, Spence and the Committee cited Chicago’s willingness to allow authors to publish final, copyedited versions of Speculum articles on personal and departmental websites, as well as their development of a robust and responsive interface that will offer improved support for authors and editorial staff. In addition, Chicago offers color cover and color images online, as well as eight color images per print volume at no additional expense to MAA. Spence also noted that Chicago’s tiered pricing matches the cost of Speculum to institutional budgets, making the journal more affordable for smaller institutions. In recommending the University of Chicago Press to the Council, the ad hoc committee concluded: “Chicago has throughout its institutional history had a deep commitment to international scholarship. As such, it seems a fitting symbol for the place of medieval studies in American scholarship: centrally-located in the country while clearly marking its roots in the European tradition. The press’s interest in publishing Speculum speaks to this interest in reaching as broad an intellectual community as possible, both within the United States and around the world.”

We will immediately begin working with UCP and our current publisher, Cambridge University Press, to ensure a seamless transition, and members and authors can rest assured that subscriptions, digital access, and authors’ services will be uninterrupted. Our commitment to the highest levels of scholarship in the pages of Speculum remains unchanged, and we look forward to working with the University of Chicago Press.

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