MAA News – Graduate Student Committee Self-Nominations

43The GSC was established in 2008 “to act on behalf of the graduate student members of the Academy in voicing their concerns about medieval studies and promoting their participation both within the Academy and the broader academic community.” Now is your chance to get involved in the GSC leadership by applying to serve on the GSC Committee. Click here for more information about the  self-nomination process (deadline 31 January).

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MAA News – GSC and CARA News

The Medieval Academy distributes two newsletters that target particular constituencies. Click here for the latest Graduate Student Committee newsletter, and click here for the latest news from CARA (the Committee on Centers and Regional Associations).

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Summer Institute – York’s Archbishops’ Registers Revealed Summer Institute

When: 19th July-1st August 2015

Description:

The Andrew W. Mellon-funded York’s Archbishops’ Registers Revealed project seeks to digitise and make available online the Archbishops’ Registers for the Diocese of York for the period. As part of the project, we will hold a residential Summer Institute designed to equip and inspire a new generation of scholars able to engage with these vital records.

By the end of the Institute, you will have received:

  • Training in palaeography and ecclesiastical diplomatic (at a level appropriate to your existing skills) based on original medieval and early modern sources held at the Borthwick Institute for Archives;
  • Training in the content, structure and material history of the York Archbishops’ Registers that is readily transferable to the study of other ecclesiastical records;
  • A chance to develop personal research projects related to the York Archbishops’ Registers;
  • A certificate of completion for your participation in this prestigious programme.

Full funding for travel, teaching and accommodation will be provided for:

  • Five postgraduate students registered at universities and institutions of higher education in the UK;
  • Five postgraduate students registered at universities and institutions of higher education in the USA.

You will need:

  • To be a registered postgraduate student at a UK or US university or institution of higher education;
  • Some demonstrable experience (validated by your academic referee) of medieval or early modern palaeography.

Preference may be given to those with some existing knowledge of medieval Latin (whose experience should again be validated by the academic referee), but this is not formal requirement.

Individuals not currently enrolled for a postgraduate degree but intending to make future application for a UK or US university or institution of higher education may make application to The Summer Institute, but must clearly state (and ask their academic referee to validate) their intentions with regard to future formal study.

How to apply:

  • Closing date: Midnight (GMT), 19 March 2015

The Andrew W. Mellon-funded York’s Archbishops’ Registers Revealed project seeks to digitise and make available online the Archbishops’ Registers for the Diocese of York for the period. As part of the project, we will hold a residential Summer Institute designed to equip and inspire a new generation of scholars able to engage with these vital records.

By the end of the Institute, you will have received:

  • Training in palaeography and ecclesiastical diplomatic (at a level appropriate to your existing skills) based on original medieval and early modern sources held at the Borthwick Institute for Archives;
  • Training in the content, structure and material history of the York Archbishops’ Registers that is readily transferable to the study of other ecclesiastical records;
  • A chance to develop personal research projects related to the York Archbishops’ Registers;
  • A certificate of completion for your participation in this prestigious programme.

Full funding for travel, teaching and accommodation will be provided for:

  • Five postgraduate students registered at universities and institutions of higher education in the UK;
  • Five postgraduate students registered at universities and institutions of higher education in the USA.

You will need:

  • To be a registered postgraduate student at a UK or US university or institution of higher education;
  • Some demonstrable experience (validated by your academic referee) of medieval or early modern palaeography.

Preference may be given to those with some existing knowledge of medieval Latin (whose experience should again be validated by the academic referee), but this is not formal requirement.

Individuals not currently enrolled for a postgraduate degree but intending to make future application for a UK or US university or institution of higher education may make application to The Summer Institute, but must clearly state (and ask their academic referee to validate) their intentions with regard to future formal study.

How to apply:

  • Closing date: Midnight (GMT), 19 March 2015
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Call for Applications

Early Career Collaborative Research Project in Eastern Mediterranean and Levant
for Mediaevalists, Byzantinists and researchers into the art and archaeology of the diverse Christian, Muslim, Jewish and other religious and ethnic groups in this region.

SOAS University of London with funding from the Getty Foundation is launching a new research programme lasting two years that might be of interest to you entitled The Art of the Crusades: A Re-Evaluation.

Led by Professor Scott Redford of SOAS University of London, The Art of the Crusades: A Re-Evaluation is aimed at early career academics and higher level research students interested in exploring the possibilities of a new kind of integrationist approach to the art and archaeology of the mediaeval period in the eastern Mediterranean and Levant.

This approach will involve interrogating the material culture of the mediaeval period using diverse academic approaches, and seek to show the connections between the art and other material culture of the different peoples and religious groups of this region at the time.

We are looking for candidates from a wide variety of academic fields. This includes researchers into Crusader art, architecture and archaeology, but also Byzantinists, and researchers into the art and architecture of Islamic, Jewish and other religious and ethnic groups in the Eastern Mediterranean and Levant region during the Middle Ages.

Those taking part will be asked to attend four fully-funded research field trips, two in 2015 and two in 2016, each lasting nine days. These research trips will be to Greece, Israel, Jordan and Turkey and on them participants will attend lectures by international and local experts, visit historical sites of interest and engage in seminars aimed at formulating a new way of looking at this kind of material from an integrationist perspective.

We are particularly keen to encourage researchers based in the Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East, or with strong connections to it, to apply.

All air fares, accommodation and meals on the research trips will be paid for, and we welcome applications now for the first of these trips, to Turkey, in November 2015.

Further information and an application form can be found on the SOAS website at:

Further Information: www.soas.ac.uk/artofthecrusades

Application Form: http://www.jotformeu.com/form/50121286584352

Deadline for Applications: 15 March 2015. Spaces are limited and so early application is strongly advised.

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Call for Contributions

The Norwegian Institute in Rome (University of Oslo) invites scholars in the disciplines of archaeology and art history to submit contributions to the 2015 volume of Acta Ad Archaeologiam Et Artium Historiam Pertinentia (ISSN 0065-0900). In existence since 1962, the journal Acta is the leading forum for Norwegian and international scholarship on Rome’s material and cultural heritage. Acta is indexed in major bibliographies, and all articles go through a rigorous peer review process before publication.

Contribution topics should preferably consider Rome and its broad cultural sphere from antiquity to the high middle ages. Other related subjects (e.g., Byzantium, etc.) crossing disciplinary boundaries are also welcome. Contributions can be submitted in English, Norwegian, Italian, French, or German.

Please send an initial 200 word abstract describing your contribution, accompanied by a brief 30 word biography by February 15 to Sebastian Salvadó (s.e.salvado@roma.uio.no). Accepted contributors will be notified by March 1st. Completed articles (ca. 7,000-10,000 words) are due no later than June 1st, 2015. Publication of volume XXVIII (n.s. 14) is scheduled for Fall 2015.

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Graduate Student Committee Mentorship Program

The Graduate Student Committee of the Medieval Academy of America invites those attending the Annual Meeting of the Medieval Academy, the ICMS at Kalamazoo, or IMC Leeds to participate in the MAA Graduate Student Mentorship Program.

The program facilitates networking between graduate students and established scholars by pairing a student and scholar according to discipline. One need not be a member of the Medieval Academy to participate. The mentorship exchanges are meant to help students establish professional contacts with scholars who can offer them career advice. The primary objective of this mentoring 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 and independent scholars only) or to sign up as a mentee for any or all three conferences, please submit this online form: GSC Mentoring Form. For the Medieval Academy of America meeting (March 12-14 at Notre Dame), the deadline to sign up is Friday, February 6; for ICMS Kalamazoo (May 14-17), the deadline is Friday, April 3; and for IMC Leeds (July 6-9) the deadline for mentorship is Friday, May 8. Due to the organizational demands of the program, it may be necessary to restrict the number of participants, so please sign up early! Mentor shortages have been a reality in past years, so if you know faculty attending these conferences, please encourage them to volunteer.

Sign up online here!

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to e-mail me.

Best,

Vanessa Corcoran, on behalf of the MAA Graduate Student Committee (CorcoranVR@cua.edu)

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Now Accepting Applications for the 2015 Libraries Research Awards

NEW YORK, December 15, 2014 -Columbia University Libraries/Information Servicesinvites applications from scholars and researchers to its annual program designed to facilitate access to Columbia’s special and unique collections, theLibraries Research Awards.

The Libraries awards ten (10) annual grants of $2500 each on a competitive basis to researchers who can demonstrate a compelling need to consult Columbia University Libraries/Information Services holdings for their work. Participating Columbia libraries and collections include those located on the Morningside Heights campus: the Avery Architectural & Fine Arts LibraryThe Burke Library at Union Theological SeminaryButler Library, the Lehman Social Sciences Library, the Rare Book & Manuscript Library, the C. V. Starr East Asian Library, and the Libraries’ Global Studies Collections.

The program is open to all US citizens and to Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs).  Due to federal regulations, persons holding J-1 or F-1 exchange visitor or student visas are not eligible.  Columbia University Libraries is not able to assist with obtaining visas.  Preference will be given to those applicants residing outside the greater New York metropolitan area who need to travel to New York City to conduct their research.

Applications will be accepted until February 28, 2015. Award notifications will be sent to applicants by April 30, 2015 for research conducted at Columbia during the period July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2016.

For more information and application materials, please visit the Libraries Research Awards page.

Columbia University Libraries/Information Servicesis one of the top five academic research library systems in North America. The collections include over 12 million volumes, over 160,000 journals and serials, as well as extensive electronic resources, manuscripts, rare books, microforms, maps, and graphic and audio-visual materials. The services and collections are organized into 21 libraries and various academic technology centers, including affiliates. The Libraries employs more than 450 professional and support staff. The website of the Libraries is the gateway to its services and resources:library.columbia.edu.

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Call for Papers – (Re)Building Networks: A Medieval and Early Modern Studies Conference

(Re)Building Networks: A Medieval and Early Modern Studies Conference

University of Maryland, College Park
October 9-10, 2015

Networks are widely recognized as modes of professional collaboration as well as objects of scientific inquiry. The University of Maryland’s Graduate School Field Committee in Medieval & Early Modern Studies will hold a two-day symposium that brings together scholars in a wide range of fields to exchange research on medieval and early modern networks within and across disciplines, social classes, and national boundaries.

We are also interested in examining the various methods by which contemporary researchers identify and analyze networks. How were networks constructed in the medieval and early modern periods, and how and why do we reconstruct them today?  We aim to facilitate an interdisciplinary dialogue on the nature, interest, and potential of networks both as a practice and as an analytical concept.

Confirmed speakers include Ruth Ahnert (English, Queen Mary University of London), Sebastian Ahnert (Physics, University of Cambridge), Michiel van Groesen (History, University of Amsterdam), Alicia Walker (Art History, Bryn Mawr College), David Wallace (English, University of Pennsylvania), and Colin F. Wilder (Digital Humanities, University of South Carolina).

We invite proposals for 20-minute papers from scholars of all disciplines that address the medieval and/or early modern periods. Some proposals may be selected for alternative formats.

Topics may include:
• What constitutes a network?
• Networks and scientific collaboration
• Networks as/and interdisciplinarity
• Computer-aided networks analysis
• Visualizing/depicting networks
• Vehicles of transmission within networks
• Networks and space
• Networks over time
• Non-elite/popular networks

Please send a 250-word abstract and a short professional biography to rebuilding.networks@umd.edu by Friday, April 3, 2015.

Warmly,
Chris Maffuccio

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Call for Papers – 2015 Graduate Student Conference on Byzantine Studies

The Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture and the Michael G. and Anastasia Cantonis Chair of Byzantine Studies at Hellenic College invite proposals for the 2015 Graduate Student Conference on Byzantine Studies, which will be held at Hellenic College Holy Cross in Brookline, MA on April 18, 2015. Brookline is located just outside Boston and is easily reached from any metropolitan location.

We welcome graduate student proposals for papers in all subjects, disciplines, and methodologies related to Byzantine studies broadly conceived. We invite proposals in two categories: 20-minute conference papers and dissertation reports of 5–7 pages. Conference participants will have a chance to read the reports ahead of time to encourage dialogue.

A lunchtime roundtable, Byzantium in the Public Sphere, will convene leading figures in Byzantine studies who are using traditional and digital means to build a broader audience for the field inside and outside the academy. A list of participants will be available on the conference webpage (http://maryjahariscenter.org/events/2015-graduate-student-conference-on-byzantine-studies/) in early February.

This year’s conference immediately follows Trading Places: Cultural Crossings in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe, Byzantium, Islam, and the West, a symposium organized by the Mary Jaharis Center and the Harvard University Committee on Medieval Studies. The symposium will take place on April 16 and 17 at Harvard University. Please check the Mary Jaharis Center website (http://maryjahariscenter.org) in early February for details.

To submit a proposal for either type of paper, complete the short online form and upload a 500-word abstract on the Mary Jaharis Center website (http://maryjahariscenter.org/events/2015-graduate-student-conference-on-byzantine-studies/). The deadline for submissions is February 10, 2015. Notifications will be made by the end of February.

An accepted paper represents a commitment from the contributor to present his or her paper in person at the conference. Given the brevity of the conference, please do not submit a proposal if you cannot attend all conference sessions.

The registration fee for the conference is $25. Shared accommodation at the Courtyard Boston Brookline will be provided the nights of April 17 and 18. Breakfast and lunch will be provided on the day of the conference. Participants are responsible for travel expenses; however, partial financial aid for students outside the Boston area who could not otherwise attend is available.

Contact Brandie Ratliff, Director, Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture (mjcbac@hchc.edu) with any questions about the conference.

Organizing Committee: Brandie Ratliff, Director, Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture, Hellenic College Holy Cross, Dr. James C. Skedros, Dean of the Holy Cross Graduate School of Greek Orthodox Theology and Michael G. and Anastasia Cantonis Professor of Byzantine Studies and Professor of Early Christianity, Hellenic College Holy Cross, and the Very Reverend Dr. Joachim Cotsonis, Director, Archbishop Iakovos Library and Learning Resource Center, Hellenic College Holy Cross

Support comes from The Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture and the Michael G. and Anastasia Cantonis Chair of Byzantine Studies

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CARA Newsletter

The Winter 2015 CARA Newsletter is now online:

https://c.ymcdn.com/sites/medievalacademy.site-ym.com/resource/resmgr/pdfs/Winter_2015_CARA_news.pdf

My thanks to everyone who contributed. I encourage all members to take a look at these reports from departments, programs, regional associations, and libraries. There is a lot of innovative and exciting Medieval Studies programming going on at campuses across North America.

If your department/program doesn’t have a CARA representative, please get in touch with me so that you can immediately start taking advantage of the networking and brainstorming opportunities offered by CARA affiliation.

– Lisa

Lisa Fagin Davis
Executive Director
LFD@TheMedievalAcademy.org

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