MAA News – Upcoming Application Deadlines

Belle Da Costa Greene Award (deadline 15 February)
Applications are now being accepted for the 2nd annual Belle Da Costa Greene Award supporting research by medievalists of color.

The Belle Da Costa Greene Award of $2,000 will be granted annually to a medievalist of color for research and travel. The award may be used to visit archives, attend conferences, or to facilitate writing and research. The award will be granted on the basis of the quality of the proposed project, the applicant’s budgetary needs (as expressed by a submitted budget and in the project narrative), and the estimation of the ways in which the award will facilitate the applicant’s research and contribute to the field. Special consideration will be given to graduate students, emerging junior scholars, adjunct, and unaffiliated scholars.  Click here for more information. Click here to make a donation in support of the Greene Award.

Olivia Remie Constable Award (deadline 15 February):
Four Olivia Remie Constable Awards of $1,500 each will be granted to emerging junior faculty, adjunct or unaffiliated scholars (broadly understood: post-doctoral, pre-tenure) for research and travel. Click here for more information.

MAA Dissertation Grants (deadline 15 February):
The nine annual Medieval Academy Dissertation Grants support advanced graduate students who are writing Ph.D. dissertations on medieval topics. The $2,000 grants help defray research expenses. Click here for more information.

Schallek Awards (deadline 15 February):
The five annual Schallek awards support graduate students conducting doctoral research in any relevant discipline dealing with late-medieval Britain (ca. 1350-1500). The $2,000 awards help defray research expenses. Click here for more information.

MAA/GSC Grant for Innovation in Community-Building and Professionalization (deadline 15 February):
The MAA/GSC Grant(s) will be awarded to an individual or graduate student group from one or more universities. The purpose of this grant is to stimulate new and innovative efforts that support pre-professionalization, encourage communication and collaboration across diverse groups of graduate students, and build communities amongst graduate student medievalists. Click here for more information.

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 these 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 – 2020 Medieval Academy of America Publication Prizes

The Medieval Academy of America congratulates the winners of the 2020 Medieval Academy Publication Prizes:

Haskins Medal: Richard F. Green. Elf Queens and Holy Friars: Fairy Beliefs and the Medieval Church (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2016)

Karen Gould Prize in Art History: Benjamin Anderson. Cosmos and Community in Early Medieval Art (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2017)

Digital Humanities and Multimedia Studies Prize: vHMML  (Columba Stewart, OSB, and Daniel Gullo, Principal Investigators).

John Nicholas Brown Prize: Steven A. Schoenig. Bonds of Wool: The Pallium and Papal Power in the Middle Ages (Washington, DC: The Catholic University of America Press, 2016).

Van Courtlandt Elliott Prize: Randall Todd Pippenger. “Lives on hold: the Dampierre family, captivity and the crusades in thirteenth-century Champagne,” Journal of Medieval History 44 (2018), 507-528.

Please join us for the publication prize ceremony on Saturday, 28 March, at 10:45 AM in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Student Union’s West Pauley Ballroom, University of California at Berkeley, in conjunction with the  Medieval Academy of America Annual Meeting.

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MAA News – 2020 CARA Awards Announced

We are very pleased to announce the 2020 CARA Awards:

Robert L. Kindrick-CARA Awards for Outstanding Service to Medieval StudiesEugene Lyman (Treasurer, Medieval Academy of America) and Deborah Deliyannis (Indiana University and The Medieval Review)
CARA Awards for Excellence in TeachingSean Field (Univ. of Vermont) and Frank Klaassen (Univ. of Saskatchewan)

These prizes will be awarded during the CARA-MAP Plenary Session at the upcoming Medieval Academy Annual Meeting at the University of California, Berkeley on Friday, 27 March at 10:45 AM.

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MAA News – 2020 Inclusivity and Diversity Travel Grants

The annual Inclusivity and Diversity Travel Grant is awarded to a participant in the Medieval Academy’s Annual Meeting presenting on the study of diversity and inclusivity in the Middle Ages, broadly conceived. In 2020, an anonymous donation has made it possible to present two Travel Grants instead of one.

We are very pleased to announce that the 2020 Inclusivity and Diversity Travel Grants have been awarded to Tirumular Narayanan (Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison) for his paper “‘As Black as Ink’: Text-Image Mismatches in Les Grandes Chroniques de France (Royal MS 16 G VI) and to Tarrell Campbell (St. Louis Univ.) for his round-table presentation on “Celebrating Belle da Costa Greene: An Examination of Medievalists of Color within the Field”. The Travel Grants were adjudicated by the Academy’s Inclusivity and Diversity Prize Committee and will be presented during the MAA Annual Meeting’s Business Meeting in Berkeley on Friday, 27 March, at 12:45 PM.

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MAA News – Annual Meeting Student Bursaries Awarded

We are very pleased to support these emerging scholars are they present their work at the 2020 Annual Meeting:

Best Student Paper:
Christopher Halsted (Univ. of Virginia), “Wounds Before Milk: Gender and Steppe Ethnography in Post-Carolingian Europe” (Session IV.9)

Travel Bursaries:
Mary Gilbert (Indiana University, Bloomington), “Multilingual Poets? Explaining Old English ‘Influence’ in the Old Icelandic Poem Vǫlundarkviða” (Session I.2)

Austin Powell (The Catholic Univ. of America), “‘In these pages you should examine well and diligently the points which you will see I made throughout’: Spiritual Direction in the Margins of Fifteenth-Century Italian Manuscripts” (Session II.8)

Eileen Morgan (Univ. of Notre Dame), “Comme s’il estoit vif: Peacocks, Natural Philosophy and the Edible Art of Altering Nature” (Session VII.3)

Andrea Pauw (Univ. of Virginia), “Prophetic Paragons in a ‘World of Others’ Words'” (Session VI.2)

Amy Conwell (Centre for Medieval Studies, Univ. of Toronto), “Pathogenesis of a ‘Posteme’: The Development of ‘Madness’ in Middle English Medical Texts” (Session V.10)

The bursaries were adjudicated by the Committee for Professional Development and will be presented during the Business Meeting on Friday 27 March at 12:45 PM.

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MAA News – MAA Fellows Election Results

To the Members of the Medieval Academy of America,

The Second Ballot of the 2020 Election of Fellows and Corresponding Fellows closed on Wednesday, 2 January. The results have been certified by the President of the Fellows and the Fellows Nominating Committee, and the new Fellows have been informed of their election.

I am very pleased to introduce the Fellows Class of 2020:

Chris Baswell
David Burr
Helen Evans
Katherine Ludwig Jansen
Adam Kosto
Daniel Lord Smail

Corresponding Fellows:
Wim Blockmans
Jean Dunbabin
Yitzhak Hen
Gabor Klaniczay
Emilie Savage-Smith
Richard Sharpe

Please join us for the induction of new Fellows during the upcoming Annual Meeting of the Medieval Academy of America. Inductions will take place on Saturday, 28 March, at 3:45 PM in Booth Auditorium at the University of California at Berkeley School of Law. The ceremony will be immediately followed by the Fellows Plenary lecture, to be delivered by Teofilo Ruiz. More information about the Annual Meeting is available here:

– Lisa Fagin Davis, Executive Director

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MAA News – Good News from our Members

A Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) award for Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives was granted to Elizabeth Hebbard (Univ. of Indiana at Bloomington), Principal Investigator, “Peripheral Manuscripts: Digitizing Medieval Manuscript Collections in the Midwest.

The following MAA members have received funding recently from the National Endowment for the Humanities:

NEH Fellowships:  Scott Bruce (Fordham Univ.), “The Lost Patriarchs Project: Recovering the Greek Fathers in the Medieval Latin Tradition”; Simon Doubleday (Hofstra Univ.), “Christian Spain before the Crusades: Power and Pragmatism in Eleventh-Century Iberia”; Anne Lester (Johns Hopkins University), “Relics, Remembrance, and Material History in the Aftermath of the Fourth Crusade”;  Maya Maskarinec (University of Southern California), “Domesticating Saints in Medieval and Early Modern Rome”; Stephen Shoemaker (Univ. of Oregon), “The Contours of Scripture at the End of Antiquity.”

NEH Cooperative Agreements and Special Projects (P&A): Columba Stewart, OSB (Project Director, Hill Museum and Manuscript Library,  St. John’s University, Collegeville), “Developing Resources for Description of Manuscripts from Understudied Christian and Islamic Traditions”

Kristina Richardson (Queens College & Graduate Center, The City University of New York) was granted an NEH Fellowship for Faculty at Hispanic-Serving Institutions, to support her project “Gypsies’ and Race-Making in the Premodern Middle East.”

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Sign up to be a mentor or mentee at MAA 2020!


The Graduate Student Committee (GSC) of the Medieval Academy of America invites those attending the 95th Annual Meeting of the Medieval Academy of America at the University of California, Berkeley (26-28 March 2020) to participate in the GSC Mentoring Program. All are invited to participate!

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 28 February 2020.

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

Austin Powell & Julia King
2020 Mentoring Program Coordinators

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Call for Applications: “Digital Editing and the Medieval Manuscript Roll”

Call for Applications: “Digital Editing and the Medieval Manuscript Roll”. – Yale University

This graduate training workshop will cover topics in: Paleography and Cataloging of Medieval Manuscript Rolls, Manuscript Transcription and Scholarly Editing, Introduction to the Digital Edition: Challenges and Best Practices, Collaborative Editing, XML, Text Encoding Fundamentals and the TEI Schema

Applications deadline: 14th February 2020

For more informations:

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