MAA News – Slate of Candidates for the 2020 Election

To the Members of the Medieval Academy,

Voting in the Medieval Academy governance election is one of the most important means that members have to impact both the Academy and the future of medieval studies in North America. I am very pleased to announce the names of the Medieval Academy members who have generously agreed to stand for election to office in 2020:

President: Renate Blumenfeld-Kosinski (French, Emerita Univ. of Pittsburgh)
1st-VP: Thomas E. A. Dale (Art History, Univ. of Wisconsin)
2nd-VP: Maureen Miller (History, Univ. of California, Berkeley)

Councillors (four seats available, three-year term):

Lisa Bitel (Religion, University of Southern California)
Travis Bruce (History (Mediterranean Studies), McGill University)
William Caferro (History, Vanderbilt Univ.)
Seeta Chaganti (English, Univ. of California, Davis)
Elina Gertsman (Art History, Case Western Reserve Univ.)
Geraldine Heng (English & Comparative Literature, Univ. of Texas at Austin)
Laura Morreale (English and French, Independent Scholar)
Luisa Nardini (Musicology, Univ. of Texas at Austin)
Alison Perchuk (Art History, California State Univ. Channel Islands)
Sebastian Sobecki (English, University of Groningen)

Nominating Committee (two seats available, three-year term):

Alison Beach (History, The Ohio State University)
Matthew Desing (Spanish, Univ. of Texas, El Paso)
Andrew Rabin (English, Univ. of Louisville)
Cord Whitaker (English, Wellesley College)

Click here for more information about these candidates.

The election will be conducted in accordance with our By-Laws. The Nominating Committee is charged with nominating eight candidates for the four positions on the Council, balancing racial, gender, geographic, professional, and specialization diversity while also considering the same facets of the incumbents. A ninth candidate has been nominated by petition (see below). There are four candidates for two openings on the Nominating Committee. As is our practice, the slate of three Presidential Officers is presented unopposed (this will change next year). Additional information about the governance of the Academy can be found on our FAQ page.

In addition to biographical information, each candidate has submitted a statement detailing their vision for the Academy and their reasons for wanting to participate in its governance. It is our hope that these statements will assist members in making informed choices about the governance of the Medieval Academy. These statements are online here:

As you consider these candidates, you may wish to take into account the demographics and specializations of the incumbents:

Ray Clemens (Manuscript Studies, Beinecke Library, Yale Univ.)
Valerie Garver (History, Northern Illinois Univ.-DeKalb)
Lucy Pick (Religion, Univ. of Chicago)
Kathryn Smith (Art History, New York Univ.)

Lynda Coon (History, Univ. of Arkansas)
Hussein Fancy (History, Univ. of Michigan)
Fiona Griffiths (History, Stanford Univ.)
Anne Latowsky (French/Latin, Univ. of South Florida)

Nominating Committee (2019-2020):
Sean Field (History, Univ. of Vermont) (Chair)
Jessica Goldberg (History, Univ. of California, Los Angeles)
Sif Rikhardsdottir (Comparative Literature, Univ. of Iceland)

My thanks to the Nominating Committee for their careful and thoughtful work in establishing the slate of Council candidates: Nicholas Watson (Chair), Robin Fleming, Jessica Goldberg, Sif Ríkharðsdóttir, and Catherine Saucier. My thanks as well to President Ruth Mazo Karras for proposing the slate of Nominating Committee candidates.

We are introducing a more secure online voting platform this year to ensure that voting is restricted to members of the Medieval Academy of America. When you follow the ballot link below, you will be asked to sign into your MAA account on our website in order to cast your vote. If you have forgotten your username or password, please contact us. You may only cast one ballot, and your ballot will be invalid if you vote for more than the allowable number of candidates indicated. The deadline for receipt of your vote is 2 January 2020. Finally, if you would prefer a paper ballot and have not requested one in the past, please let me know.

Click here to cast your vote in the 2020 MAA Governance Election:

Thank you for participating in the election.

– Lisa Fagin Davis, Executive Director

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MAA News – Renew Your MAA Membership for 2020!

Dear colleague,

It is time to renew your membership in the Medieval Academy of America for 2020. You must be a member in good standing to apply for grants and fellowships given out by the Academy, to speak at the Medieval Academy Annual Meeting, or to participate in its governance. Membership brings other benefits, such as:

– a subscription to Speculum, our quarterly journal
– online access to the entire Speculum archive
– access to our online member directory
– publication and database discounts through our website

Other memberships perquisites are listed here.

You can easily pay your dues and/or make a donation through the MAA website where, after you sign into your account, you can also adjust your membership category if necessary. Please consider supplementing your membership by becoming a Contributing or Sustaining member or by making a tax-deductible donation as part of your end-of-year giving. Your gift helps subsidize lower membership rates for student, contingent, and unaffiliated medievalists and also supports our grant-making programs. In order to make membership more affordable for those in financially precarious circumstances, we have recently revised our dues structure.

You may also wish to remember the Academy with a bequest as a member of our Legacy Society (for more information, please contact the Executive Director).

With your help, the Academy increased its support of members in 2019, especially student, independent, and contingent scholars, through the numerous awards and fellowships offered annually. We have recently implemented programming in support of medievalists of color and of medievalists working in various professional contexts, and we are working to improve the representation of the Middle Ages in K-12 classrooms. As we work towards a more expansive Middle Ages, we are also working to build a more inclusive Medieval Studies. We sincerely hope that you will renew your valued membership in the Academy as we continue this work in 2020.

When you renew, please take a few minutes to update your profile page so that members with similar interests can find you, and you can find them. You can also check a box to indicate your interest in serving on a Medieval Academy committee or reviewing for Speculum. Your profile page now includes an option to indicate gender and racial/ethnic identity. This information will not be visible to other members, but it will help the Academy immensely as we strive to increase our understanding of member demographics and work to improve diversity and inclusivity in Medieval Studies. If you have forgotten your username and/or password, please contact us ( for assistance.

Thank you for your support. We look forward to working with you in 2020 and hope to see you at the Annual Meeting of the Medieval Academy at UC Berkeley (26-28 March).

Ruth Mazo Karras, President
Lisa Fagin Davis, Executive Director

p.s. if you have already renewed, please ignore this message and accept our thanks!

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MAA News – CARA Awards: Call for Nominations

Kindrick-CARA Award for Outstanding Service to Medieval Studies
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.

CARA Award for Excellence in Teaching 
The CARA Award for Excellence in Teaching Medieval Studies recognizes Medieval Academy members who are outstanding teachers and 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.

The CARA Awards will be presented at the 2020 MAA Annual Meeting (UC Berkeley, 26-28 March). Nominations and supporting materials must be received by Nov. 15.

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MAA News – Upcoming Application Deadlines

Belle Da Costa Greene Award (deadline 15 February)
Applications are now being accepted for the inaugural 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.

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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Funding Opportunities: Wiener Laboratory for Archaeological Science

The Malcolm H. Wiener Laboratory for Archaeological Science Funding Opportunities

The Malcolm H. Wiener Laboratory for Archaeological Science of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens currently offers two different types of Fellowship funding: a pre-doctoral or post-doctoral Research Associate position of up to nine months, as well as a post-doctoral (3-year term) position. Applicants are welcome from any college or university worldwide. Independent scholars are also welcome to apply.

Priority will be given to question-driven research projects that address substantive problems through the application of interdisciplinary methods in the archaeological sciences. Wiener Laboratory facilities are especially well equipped to support the study of human skeletal biology, archaeobiological remains (faunal and botanical), environmental studies, and geoarchaeology (particularly studies in human-landscape interactions and the study of site formation processes). Research projects utilizing other archaeological scientific approaches are also eligible for consideration, depending on the strength of the questions asked and the suitability of the plan for access to other equipment or resources not available on site in the Wiener Laboratory.
Research Associate for 2020-2021

  • Current competition begins in fall of 2019 for the 2020-2021 academic year (January 15, 2020 deadline for applications)
  • Term variable, up to 9 months
  • Eligibility limited to individuals actively enrolled in a graduate program and individuals with a higher-level degree in a relevant discipline
  • Stipend: variable up to $7,000

Post-Doctoral Fellowship for 2020-2023

  • Current competition begins in fall of 2019 for the 2020-2023 term (January 15, 2020 deadline for applications)
  • 3-year term
  • Eligibility limited to individuals who have received their PhD within the last seven (7) years
  • Stipend: $35,000 per annum

For more information and instructions on how to apply:
The American School of Classical Studies at Athens does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, sex, sexual orientation, color, religion, ethnic origin, or disability when considering admission to any form of membership or application for employment.

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Jobs for Medievalists

Open Position at the University of Pennsylvania Libraries: Cultural Heritage Programmer

The Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts and the Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies at the University of Pennsylvania Libraries are excited to announce a two-year programmer position to support cultural heritage and digital humanities projects.


Working under the department’s director, the Cultural Heritage Programmer will work in the digital cultural heritage arm of Penn Libraries to develop and deploy web applications and write scripts and applications for the management of special collections data. The programmer analyst will work with the director, the staff of the Kislak Center for Special Collections Rare Books and Manuscripts, the Libraries’ Technical Services team, and partners at Penn and other institutions to design and build applications and processes to support the cultural heritage computing at Penn Libraries, among them the Tikal archeological archive project, the OPenn website, the Provenance On-line Project and the Schoenberg Database of Manuscripts. The CHP will use technologies such as Ruby, Ruby on Rails, Python, XSLT, Linux shell scripting (bash) and Docker. This is a two-year position.

The Cultural Heritage Programmer will design, code, simulate, test, implement and maintain application software and associated middleware, interfaces and databases; and work with clients and IT analysts to determine functional requirements. The CHP may work with vendor delivered software. Additionally the CHP will monitor and administer applications, providing technical and application support. He/she will ensure adherence to technical, quality assistance, data integrity and security standards and may also be required to plan, organize and manage small projects.


Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of one year of programming or systems analysis experience or an equivalent combination of education and/or experience. An understanding of programming languages, user interfaces, integration methods, and development lifecycles. Demonstrated competence in systems analysis and design and the ability to quickly learn and apply technologies.

Job Location

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School

University Library

Pay Range

$42,953.00 – $113,435.00

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November 1 Deadline for Rome Prize Applications!

The deadline is approaching for the 2020 Rome Prize. Apply now!

For over a century, the American Academy in Rome has awarded the Rome Prize to support innovative work in the arts and humanities. Thirty fellowships, which are either five or eleven months in length, include a stipend, room and board, and individual work space at the Academy’s eleven-acre campus in Rome.

Rome Prizes are awarded in the following disciplines:

    • Ancient Studies
    • Architecture
    • Design (includes graphic, industrial, interior, set and costume, and fashion design, urban design, city planning, engineering, and other design fields)
    • Historic Preservation and Conservation
    • Landscape Architecture (includes environmental design and planning, landscape or ecological urbanism, landscape history, sustainability and ecological studies, and geography)
    • Literature
    • Medieval Studies
    • Modern Italian Studies
    • Musical Composition
    • Renaissance and Early Modern Studies
    • Visual Arts (includes painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, film, video, installation, new media, digital art, and other genres)

The application deadline is Friday, November 1, 2019. Applications will also be accepted between November 2 and 15 for an additional fee. Visit to read the guidelines and begin your application.

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Jobs for Medievalists

To learn more about this opportunity or to apply, please visit the job posting on Careers at Yale.


Education Program Director

Beinecke Library – Collections, Research, & Education


Minimum Salary:  $86,900

Position Focus:

The Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, one of the largest and most dynamic collections of rare books and manuscripts in the world, seeks an experienced and passionate leader in teaching and learning with special collection materials. Reporting to the Associate Director for Collections, Research and Education (CRE), this position will develop and realize a strategic plan for enhancing and effectively managing the educational vision of the Beinecke Library, including its renowned fellowship program.

Yale is committed to improving the world today and for future generations through outstanding research and scholarship, education, preservation and practice. Within this context, the Beinecke Library aspires to be a place for interdisciplinary research, scholarly exploration, creativity and intellectual exchange. Each year, the Beinecke Library holds over 600 instructional sessions in its six state-of-the-art classrooms and hosts over 50 fellows in its reading room. This position offers an unparalleled opportunity for an individual to help shape the educational and research program at one of the world’s most important and vibrant libraries.

Depending on professional background, the final candidate will be hired as a Librarian or as a Manager (Grade 26).

Please provide a cover letter, contact information for references and a one page teaching philosophy with application.

Applications will be accepted through December 20, 2019.

Dept/Section URL

Click here for more information

Essential Duties

Leadership and Program Development

• Working closely with the Associate Director and colleagues in CRE, develop and realize a strategic plan for the Library’s education and fellowship priorities for the next five years.

• Serve as a liaison to the Yale academic community and build synergistic connections with the Yale University Library and other units on campus (including the Poorvu Center for Teaching and Learning, Yale University Art Gallery, Yale Center for British Art, and the Peabody Museum) as well as with other institutions.

• Champion diversity, equity, and inclusivity in all aspects of the Beinecke Library’s education and fellowship programs. • Develop and manage the Library’s education and fellowship programs budget.

 • Supervise and mentor professional staff, graduate and undergraduate student workers, and interns

• Raise awareness of Beinecke Library as a unique educational resource at Yale for faculty, students, and scholars from around the world.

• Engage with regional and national professional organizations to advocate for excellence in the field of special collections education.

• Occasional night & weekend hours required. Other duties as assigned by supervisor

Teaching and Learning

• Create a framework for reflective teaching practices and a continuously improving instruction program at the Beinecke Library.

• Lead the curricular outreach efforts of the Beinecke Library and provide support, consulting, training, and communications to promote best practices for primary source pedagogy. 

• Prepare and lead hands-on instruction sessions across curatorial areas (Early Books, Early Modern, Modern, Modern European, Yale Collection of American Literature, Western Americana).This includes evaluating and selecting materials, developing class plans, and collaborating with faculty on assignment design and learning outcomes.

• Oversee the Beinecke Library’s summer masterclasses and semester-long faculty-led classes. 

• Develop assessment tools and metrics to measure impact of the Beinecke Library’s education program on the student experience, faculty engagement, and Library resources.

• Deepen teaching and learning collaborations across Yale through existing programs (i.e.: English 114/115; Senior Theses in History; Yale Young Global Scholars; Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship; Medieval-Renaissance Forum) and through new initiatives. 

•Working closely with colleagues in CRE, Access Services, Technical Services, and Communications, actively contribute to the ongoing development and assessment of discovery and access tools for the Library, including the “Teach at Beinecke” web portal. Fellowships and Outreach

•Oversee the Beinecke Library’s renowned fellowship program, including short-term and long-term fellows,  Yale graduate student fellows, visiting research fellows, distinguished fellows, and joint-institution fellows

•Create a framework and communications plan for continually raising the fellowship program’s international profile.

•Develop assessment tools and metrics to measure the impact of the Beinecke Library’s fellowship program by tracking research outcomes and obtaining qualitative feedback from fellows

• Establish guidelines and oversee administrative and financial activities for the fellowship program

• Work closely with colleagues in CRE, Access Services, and Communications to develop a strategy for the responsible and sustainable use of the classrooms, mezzanine, plaza, and West Campus Study Center. 

•Collaborate with the Head of Access Services and the Director of Communications on the Beinecke Library’s non-curricular outreach programs, including family weekends, Bulldog Days, and other programs. 

•Collaborate with curators on exhibitions to ensure effective educational impact and public appeal.

Required Education and Experience

Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited library school, or equivalent accredited post-graduate degree in a humanities or other related discipline, or a Master’s degree in museum studies. Five years of professional experience. Demonstrated supervisory experience or program manager experience. Experience managing a budget.

Required Skill/Ability 1:

Demonstrated track record of excellence in primary source or object-based teaching in a special collection or museum setting.

Required Skill/Ability 2:

Exceptional interpersonal skills, enthusiasm, positive outlook, intellectual rigor and agility. Excellent writing and public speaking skills.

Required Skill/Ability 3:

Evidence of innovative program development and outreach to a variety of audiences.

Required Skill/Ability 4:

Demonstrated scholarly expertise in an area of the collections, and a secondary area of expertise that is interdisciplinary in nature.

Required Skill/Ability 5:

Demonstrated passion and ability to teach from collections across the breadth of the humanities globally (from papyrus to born-digital materials).

Preferred Education, Experience and Skills:

College-level teaching experience.
Ability to contribute to scholarly work on special collections education.
Experience working across disciplinary boundaries.
Track record of supervisory experience, including managing multiple direct reports.

Background Check Requirements

All candidates for employment will be subject to pre-employment background screening for this position, which may include motor vehicle, DOT certification, drug testing and credit checks based on the position description and job requirements. All offers are contingent upon the successful completion of the background check. Please visit for additional information on the background check requirements and process.

Posting Disclaimer

The intent of this job description is to provide a representative summary of the essential functions that will be required of the position and should not be construed as a declaration of specific duties and responsibilities of the particular position. Employees will be assigned specific job-related duties through their hiring departments.

Affirmative Action Statement:

Yale University considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of, an individual’s sex, race, color, religion, age, disability, status as a veteran, or national or ethnic origin; nor does Yale discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 protects people from sex discrimination in educational programs and activities at institutions that receive federal financial assistance. Questions regarding Title IX may be referred to the University’s Title IX Coordinator, at, or to the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, 8th Floor, Five Post Office Square, Boston MA 02109-3921. Telephone: 617.289.0111, Fax: 617.289.0150, TDD: 800.877.8339, or Email:

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Call for Papers – Women’s Voices of the Middle Ages & Renaissance: A Symposium

March 13, 2020 in the Joseph F. Smith Building

Sponsors: BYU’s Department of French & Italian; Global Women’s Studies Program; and Medieval and Renaissance Studies.

A Keynote Lecture will be delivered by Elissa Weaver, Professor Emerita of the University of Chicago and author of Convent Theatre in Early Modern Italy: Spiritual Fun and Learning for Women.

Ms. Suzanne Savoy will perform her one-woman play

“Je Christine: a Medieval Woman in her Own Words.”

·    We welcome proposals related to the conference topic from any interested scholar.

·    Please submit one-page abstracts and a 200-word academic biography by December 7, 2019.


Professors Jennifer Haraguchi & Shelley Williams:

Decisions about the program will be made by December 14.

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Medieval Studies Books for Sale

Mary-Jo Arn is in the process of liquidating most of her rather large library of medieval books. There are books on many subjects drawn from many fields (texts, facsimiles, criticism, literature and language, etc.) There is also a large Bargain Bin. She is especially interested in passing them along to students and junior scholars and will gladly entertain price negotiations. For more, visit

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