Jobs for Medievalists

Columbia University in the City of New York seeks to appoint a tenure-track assistant professor in the field of Byzantine History. In addition to offering undergraduate and graduate courses in the Department of History, the successful candidate will be expected to teach in the Contemporary Civilization program.

Ph.D. must be conferred by time of appointment. Candidates must show exceptional promise as teachers and scholars.

All applications must be made through Columbia University’s online Recruitment of Academic Personnel System (RAPS):

Review of applications will begin 1 October 2014.

Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

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Call for Papers – Christine de Pizan’s Political Voice (Kalamazoo 2015)

Christine de Pizan’s Political Voice (Kalamazoo 2015)

The study of Christine de Pizan has become a well-established topic in medieval studies in the last few decades. Christine’s role in the querelle des femmes, her oversight of a large manuscript workshop, and her complex cultivation of networks of patronage have been the objects of protracted study. Christine’s intervention in contemporary politics has also received a good deal of recent attention.

This session seeks to examine the intersections of literary and political endeavors in Christine’s life and works. How did her biography of Charles V, for example, conceive of the French nation and perhaps influence the current monarch’s actions? How did her depictions of imagined communities of women affect actual political and social realities? Did her interventions in the querelle des femmes substantially shape attitudes towards the female sex, or did they merely spark a literary debate?

Papers are requested which respond to some of these questions in the broadest sense, or even discuss the difficulties inherent in attempting to determine the impact of literature on political, social, and historical realities. Papers might address time periods contemporary to or postdating Christine’s lifetime. Please send an abstract of 250-300 words to Anneliese Pollock Renck at by September 1st, 2014

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Call for Papers – The Eye of the Dragon: Viewing a Medieval Iconography from the Other Side

“CFP – The Eye of the Dragon: Viewing a Medieval Iconography from the Other Side

International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo 2015

Deadline: September 15 2014

From the iconic heroism of Saint George to the resolute piety of Margaret of Antioch; from the arrow-shooting Bahram Gur to anonymous spear-wielding riders, slayers of dragons have received considerable art historical attention.  Individual slayers, as well as the iconography itself have been extensively studied and critically contextualized to reveal multi-layered meanings and changing identities. In his study on the Islamic Rider of the Gerona Beatus, O. K. Werckmeister demonstrated how, in the context of the Reconquista, the identity of the slayer could switch from good to evil, while Oya Pancaroglu argued that in Medieval Anatolia slayer images were both products and facilitators of cross-cultural exchange. Dragons and other monsters have been under the lens of art historians, too. Michael Camille and Debra Strickland have emphasized their roles as surrogates for social types and political adversaries. In that sense, the victims of the slayers, though independent of the iconography, have also been studied. However, it is difficult to say that the perspectives of the victims have received equal attention.

This panel calls for papers that will look at the slayer iconography from the position of the slain rather than the slayer.  It seeks papers that will approach the image visually and conceptually from bottom up and explore alternative and innovative interpretations.  What can this switch of gaze reveal about the relationship between the dragon and the slayer? In what novel ways can we interpret the visual asymmetry between them?  Would it correspond to actual social asymmetries, or to their subversion? Does the diagonal of the spear pin down and stabilize differences and antagonisms, or does it cut across and mediate between them?  Especially welcome are papers that move beyond Western European examples and provide comparative perspectives.

Due date for the abstracts (approximately 250 words) is September 15, 2014.
Contact Person:
Saygin Salgirli, Sabanci University:

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Call for Papers – Epigrams on Art in Byzantium

Call for Papers: Epigrams on Art in Byzantium, Kalamazoo 2015
Organizer and presider: Dr. Ivan Drpić, University of Washington, Seattle
Sponsor: Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture

Papers are invited for Epigrams on Art in Byzantium, a Mary Jaharis Center sponsored session at the 50th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, May 14–17, 2015.

The cohabitation and synergy of the physical object and the inscribed verse was a common facet of daily life in Byzantium. From monumental architecture to pieces of jewelry, seals, and even coins, a range of Byzantine objects bore verse inscriptions, or epigrams. While philologists and literary historians have furthered our understanding of Byzantine epigrammatic poetry in recent years, art historians have only begun to integrate the evidence of epigrams in the study of Byzantine art, aesthetics, and material culture. There is a great deal to be learned from engaging with this tremendously rich yet lamentably understudied evidence. How does the epigram inflect, transform, and empower the object it accompanies? How does it frame or guide the viewer’s sensorial, cognitive, and emotional responses? If poetic inscriptions, as scholars have convincingly argued, were commonly read aloud by the Byzantines, how does the experience of the epigram as performed speech affect the viewer’s interaction with the object? What is the ritual dimension of inscribed verse and how may it relate to liturgical rites, commemorative prayers, solemn vows, or magical incantations? What is the agency of poetic inscriptions beyond verbal communication? What role does the visual aspect, materiality, and spatial presentation of the written word play in making the inscription “legible”? How does the epigram function as a social tool, a site for the construction of identity for the object’s commissioner, donor, or maker? Can we speak about an epigrammatic discourse on art, and if yes, how does this discourse interact with or differ from the discourses on art formulated in theology and rhetoric? This session seeks contributions that take a fresh and penetrating look at the complex interplay between art and epigrammatic poetry in Byzantine culture.

Paper proposals must be submitted through the Mary Jaharis Center website ( The deadline for submission is September 15, 2014. Proposals should include:
-Proposed paper title
-Paper abstract (about 300 words)

Successful applicants will be notified by October 1, 2014.

The Mary Jaharis Center will reimburse session participants up to $500 maximum for US residents and up to $1000 maximum for those coming abroad. Funding is through reimbursement only; advance funding cannot be provided. Eligible expenses include conference registration, transportation, and food and lodging. Receipts are required for reimbursement.

Please contact Brandie Ratliff (, Director, Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture with any questions.

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Call for Papers – Liturgical and Secular Drama in Medieval Europe: Text, Music, Image (c. 1000-1500)

The Gregorian Institute of Canada and The University of British Columbia’s Medieval Studies Committee invite paper and session proposals for

THE 43rd UBC MEDIEVAL WORKSHOP / THE 10th GIC COLLOQUIUM, a joint interdisciplinary research conference:

Liturgical and Secular Drama in Medieval Europe: Text, Music, Image (c. 1000-1500)

Taking place at Green College, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada, on October 9-11, 2015.

This conference will focus on the Medieval segment of the long history of European theatre. One objective will be to analyze aspects of the great repertoire of liturgical drama, from its supposed modest beginnings in the Gregorian liturgy of Easter, through its various developments in Latin and the vernaculars, into liturgical, semi-liturgical and secular plays. Just as importantly we recognize the fact that European drama did not begin in the Medieval church. When one considers the secular themes appearing in semi-religious plays then in comic genres of the late Middle Ages, such as the farce, it often becomes necessary to study the direct or indirect influence of secular sources such as Latin comedies, Medieval French fabliaux, or the troubadours’ satirical dialogues. Beyond this intertextuality, combined in many cases with musical exchanges, Medieval drama gradually acquired visual components including manuscript illuminations, props, theatrical machines, sets, and different approaches to spatial organization in relation to the audience. The transformations in drama over the period 1000-1500 are connected to evolving attitudes toward music in the church, music in theatre, spoken vs. sung plays, the place of the actor in society, religious and secular themes, interactions with other genres, and the manuscript tradition (notations, text transmission, stage directions and commentaries).

Given the diverse aspects of this conference theme, we hope to receive paper and session proposals in: historical musicology, theatre studies, history, performance studies, philosophy, religious studies, translation studies, palaeography and edition. We particularly invite contributions involving two or more of these disciplines.

Proposals for 20-minute papers or 3-paper sessions, in English or in French, should be submitted by December 31, 2014, addressed to

James Blasina and Chantal Phan

and sent by email to: and

or by mail or fax to:

Prof. Chantal Phan (Medieval Studies), FHIS, 797-1873 East Mall, VANCOUVER, BC V6T 1Z1, CANADA. Fax: (1)-604-822-6675

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Conferences – Reading and Writing in City, Court, and Cloister: Conference in Honor of Mary C. Erler

Reading and Writing in City, Court, and Cloister: Conference in Honor of Mary C. Erler

Saturday, March 7 2015, Fordham University, Lincoln Center campus

35th Annual Conference of the Center for Medieval Studies, Fordham University

Speakers are: Caroline Barron (Royal Holloway and Bedford New College, University of London); Joyce Coleman (University of Oklahoma); Sheila Lindenbaum (Indiana University); Michael Sargent (CUNY Graduate Center), and Katrhyn A. Smith (New York University)

For more information, see the conference website or contact

(See our calendar for more conferences)

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Call for Papers – Translatio sententiae: Proverbs in Motion in the Pre-modern World

Translatio sententiae: Proverbs in Motion in the Pre-modern World

March 6-7, 2015; Barnard College, New York City

            The Early Proverb Society, with support from the Center for Translation Studies at Barnard College, invites submissions for papers to be delivered at its first dedicated conference.  Papers are welcome on any aspect of the proverb from any part of the world prior to 1800 C.E., but we are especially interested in studies related to the conference theme of translatio sententiae.

Although the proverb is often considered a static verbal icon, it functioned, nevertheless, as a flexible mode by which wisdom and knowledge moved around the pre-modern world.  For instance, in the simplest sense of translation, versions of the “same” proverb appear in Latin and in one or more vernacular languages.  Linguistic translation frequently included significant elements of cultural transference as well:  for example, between the religious and secular spheres, between socio-political classes, and, of course, between different regional speech communities.  Proverbs transferred knowledge across time, from one generation to the next.  And, perhaps more than any other type of verbal artefact, pre-modern proverbs translated between the literate and non-literate worlds, being equally at home in both.

Please submit abstracts (250-word max.) on these or related paroemiological topics by October 1, 2014 to Dr. Laurie Postlewate.

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Jobs for Medievalists

The Washington University Libraries seeks dynamic and creative candidates with strong leadership skills for the position of Director of Special Collections.

RESPONSIBILITIES: The Director of Special Collections has primary responsibility for providing leadership and oversight of the University Libraries’ unique and distinctive collections, working with faculty, staff, students and external researchers to facilitate use of collections in research, teaching and scholarship.  Primary duties include:


Provide leadership for all activities within the Department of Special Collections, including acquiring, organizing, describing, preserving, digitizing, and making accessible collections of rare books, manuscripts, archives, film and video, prints and other works of art on paper, digital assets, and other rare and special materials. Lead a dynamic organization comprising curatorial specialists, professional librarians and archivists, support staff, and student workers, aligning roles and responsibilities across multiple units and campuses. Manage budgeting and staffing considerations for collections, equipment, space, preservation, digitization needs, and consider issues relevant to copyright and licensing.


Design and implement comprehensive collection development policies and procedures for all Special Collections units, including the Visual Media Research Lab, Rare Books and Manuscripts, University Archives, and Preservation.  System-wide responsibility for the management and care of special collections contained within departmental libraries, including Art & Architecture, East Asian, and Music.  Works with faculty and subject librarians to identify opportunities for expansion of Special Collections collecting strengths based on faculty teaching and research needs.


Work closely with faculty, staff, students and donors as library liaison to all academic initiatives involving Special Collections, including the Illustrated Book program, the Humanities Digital Workshop, Center for Empirical Research and the Law, and other interdisciplinary campus efforts.  Consult with faculty concerning the use of collections in teaching and research; promote collaborations on campus and with external researchers. Work collaboratively with subject librarians and staff on all levels of the organization to expand the teaching and research use of the collections in order to broaden engagement with scholarly communities and enhance the growth of and access to the Libraries’ Special Collections.


Lead fundraising efforts and donor relations for all units of Special Collections, in collaboration with the University Librarian, related campus partners, and library units. Actively participate in grant development, writing, and administration for programs from private foundations and federal agencies.


Actively promotes WUSTL Libraries’ Special Collections to the campus, scholarly, public, and external communities by overseeing the creation of exhibits, publications and events. Participate and take leadership positions within regional, national and international partnerships and consortia. Research and implement assessment programs for departmental activities to measure impacts and outcomes of programs and services.

FOR MORE INFORMATION on the Department of Special Collections, including collections strengths, collection development plans, and digital exhibitions, visit:


Required: MLS from an ALA accredited school, or Master’s degree in the humanities; Five years of supervisory or leadership experience in an academic or research library or archives with collections of international interest; Demonstrated ability to lead innovative projects and programs and to work creatively and collaboratively in a changing environment as well as active engagement in fundraising, working with donors, and gift management in addition to pursuing  and obtaining grant funding from a variety of sources, including federal agencies and private foundations.

Preferred: Experience in the following areas: designing or redesigning space for Special Collection staff, storage, use, and exhibition; acquisition of rare books, manuscripts, film, art, and illustration, and knowledge of the antiquarian book trade; supervising librarians and related support staff; managing a budget, including gift funds; implementing emerging technologies in a special collections environment and familiarity with current scholarship and research methods employed in the field of unique special collections and digital scholarship.

GENERAL INFORMATION:  Washington University, located at the western edge of the city of St. Louis, is a medium-sized, independent, research university founded in 1853, and is internationally known for excellence in teaching and research and for the quality of its faculty and student body.  The University libraries play an essential role in providing the support for these areas to the Washington University community.  For more information, please visit the Washington University/Libraries’ web sites at and


APPLICATION INFORMATION:  Applications must be submitted online at  Reference job # 28354.  For full consideration, attach a letter of application, resume, and the names of three references (including e-mail & phone number).  Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Employment eligibility verification required upon hire.  Washington University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

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Call for Papers – Europe or the Islamic world in any era c.500-c.1500.

This panel (Reimagining the Middle Ages (c.500-1500)) seeks to bring together scholars whose work reimagines some aspect of the medieval world and/or encourages new perspectives on older topics. We welcome papers focusing on either Europe or the Islamic world in any era c.500-c.1500. This panel will complement a roundtable discussion of Christian Raffensperger’s Reimagining Europe: Kievan Rus’ in the Medieval World held at the 2014 annual meeting of the Ohio Academy of History. Scholars working in all areas of medieval studies are welcome to submit an abstract of 250 words or less and a short CV no later than 15 September 2014. Although sponsored by the Ohio Academy of History presenters need not be members of the organization nor currently working in Ohio. Papers will be presented at the 50th International Congress on Medieval Studies at Western Michigan University, 14-17 May 2015. For additional information, please contact:

Amy Bosworth
Muskingum University
History Department
163 Stormont Street
New Concord, OH 43762

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Call for Papers – 32nd Annual Conference, Illinois Medieval Association

32nd Annual Conference
Illinois Medieval Association
Call for Papers: November 21, 2014

Medieval Narratives

February 20-21, 2015
Saint Louis University

We invite proposals dealing with any aspects of medieval narratives.
Please submit abstracts through by November 21, 2014. Questions are welcomed at:
More information at

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