MAA News – Renew Your Membership for 2019!

The year 2019 has begun, and it is time to renew your membership in the Medieval Academy of America for the current year if you have not already done so. 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.

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 2018, especially student, independent, and contingent scholars, through the numerous awards and fellowships offered annually. We sincerely hope that you will renew your valued membership in the Academy as we continue this work in 2019.

Thank you for your support. We look forward to working with you in 2019 and hope to see you at the 2019 Annual Meeting of the Medieval Academy in beautiful Philadelphia (March 7-9).

Click here to renew.

David Wallace, President
Lisa Fagin Davis, Executive Director

Posted in MAA Newsletter | Leave a comment

MAA News – Good News From Our Members

Congratulations to these Medieval Academy members, recent recipients of funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities:

Abigail Balbale (Bard Graduate Center): NEH Fellowship for “Memory, Genealogy and Power in al-Andalus: A Study of Rex Lupus, Medieval Islamic Ruler in Southern Spain,” a book-length study about Rex Lupus, a twelfth-century Islamic ruler in southern Spain, and the ways in which his memory was used by future Christian and Muslim historians.

Thomas Barton (University of San Diego): NEH Fellowship for “The Christianization of Islamic Landscapes in Premodern Europe,” a book on the reestablishment of two bishoprics in southern Catalonia after the end of Muslim rule in twelfth-century Spain and the complex Christianization efforts in these contested multi-ethnic territories.

Angela Bennett (University of Nevada, Reno): NEH Fellowship for “Manuscript Orientations: Mediation, Meditation, and the Movements of Piers Plowman,” a digital publication that compares and analyses the over fifty manuscript versions of the Middle English poem Piers Plowman (ca. 1370-90).

Karen Desmond (Brandeis University): NEH Digital Humanities Advancement Grant for “Measuring Polyphony: An Online Music Editor for Late Medieval Polyphony,” the development of a prototype of an online music editor to help scholars and students analyze medieval music manuscripts.

Erik Inglis (Oberlin College): NEH Fellowship for “Objects of Memory: The Medieval Art Historical Imagination,” research and writing leading to publication of a book about medieval art and attitudes of medieval people toward art, from 600 to 1500.

Susan McDonough (University of Maryland, Baltimore County): NEH Fellowship for “Migration and Prostitution in the Medieval Mediterranean World,” archival research and writing of a book-length study on the legal and economic history of prostitutes and their migration patterns in major port cities of the medieval Mediterranean basin, Barcelona, Marseille, and Genoa.

Anne-Helene Miller (University of Tennessee, Knoxville): NEH Fellowship for “The Formation of a Francophone Identity in 14th Century Literature, ” research and writing leading to publication of a book on the development of fourteenth-century French literary culture.

Sara Ritchey (University of Tennessee, Knoxville): NEH Fellowship for “‘Salvation is Medicine’: Gender and the Caregiving Communities of Late Medieval Europe,” preparation of a book on medieval women’s medical knowledge and religion-based caregiving practices.

If you have good news to share, send it to Executive Director Lisa Fagin Davis for inclusion in the next Newsletter.

Posted in MAA Newsletter | Leave a comment

Medieval Academy of America Governance Election Results

I am very pleased to announce the results of the 2019 governance election, which closed at 11:59 PM on Jan. 2:

President: Ruth Mazo Karras (Trinity College Dublin)
1st VP: Renate Blumenfeld-Kosinski (Univ. of Pittsburgh)
2nd VP: Thomas Dale (Univ. of Wisconsin)


Lynda Coon (Univ. of Arkansas)
Hussein Fancy (Univ. of Michigan)
Fiona Griffiths (Stanford Univ.)
Anne Latowsky (Univ. of South Florida)

Nominating Committee:

Jessica L. Goldberg (Univ. of California, Los Angeles)
Sif Rikhardsdottir (Univ. of Iceland)

My thanks to all who voted and to all who stood for election, and my congratulations to all who were elected.

Lisa Fagin Davis
Executive Director, Medieval Academy of America

Posted in Academy Elections | Leave a comment

Professional Behavior Policy

On 2 January 2019, the Council of the Medieval Academy approved a Professional Behavior Policy that lays out expectations for comportment during the Annual Meeting and establishes a structure for reporting and responding to violations of the Policy. The Policy is posted on our website and will be printed in the Annual Meeting program:

The Professional Behavior Policy was composed by the Ad Hoc Committee on Harassment (Ruth Mazo Karras (Chair), Theodore Chelis, Michelle Sauer, Wan-Chuan Kao, Laura Morreale, and Therese Martin). We are extremely grateful to Prof. Karras and the entire Committee for the care and thought that went into crafting this Policy over the past year. We hope that this Policy will protect vulnerable attendees and ensure that everyone who attends our Annual Meeting understands the expected standards of collegial behavior.

The Council of the Medieval Academy of America

Posted in Announcements | Leave a comment

Jobs for Medievalists

Connecticut College is extending its search for the College Archivist/Librarian for Special Collections position. This position will manage the College Archives and records management program, recommend policies, plan and implement procedures, provide reference and instruction services for the College Archives and Special Collections and serve as the Archives’ principal contact with administrative and academic offices.

General Duties & Responsibilities:
The College Archivist/Librarian for Special Collections will collaborate with the Director of the Lear Center for Special Collections and Archives in planning departmental activities, creating and managing digital projects and developing grant proposals for the Lear Center; manage the Lear Center and provide service in Special Collections in the Director’s absence; set archival processing goals for Lear Special Collections Librarian with responsibility for supervision in fulfilling those goals.

They will work with College offices to identify, evaluate and preserve important legal and administrative documents, materials and information relevant to the history of the college and collect, arrange, describe, and index material. They will also promote and facilitate efficient record keeping practices; survey records and create and update retention schedules in conjunction with College officials; maintain records according to Society of American Archivists guidelines, federal and state legislation, and agreements with individual departments; provide security for confidential, restricted or legal documents; in conjunction with legal counsel and other officers of the College, create review and update access policies and guidelines for using the College Archives.

They will assist College community and outside researchers to access archival resources; assist with physical and digital exhibits, events and programs; perform research for other offices as necessary. They will provide instruction and assistance to classes and promote integration of special collections and archival material into the curriculum. The College Archivist/Librarian for Special Collections will also assist in content development for and design of the Lear Center’s web site and social media efforts, participate in the planning and execution of digital scholarship projects for the Lear Center and collaborate with the Digital Scholarship and Curriculum Center on College digital scholarship initiatives.

The College Archivist/Librarian for Special Collections will also be required to maintain current professional and technical knowledge through training and participation in professional organizations and publications and serve on Library, College and Consortium committees, task forces and activity groups.

Required Qualifications:
– ALA accredited masters degree in library or information studies and at least 3 years of applicable archival experience including records management

– Excellent written and verbal communication skills and the ability to build and sustain key relationships with alumni, outside researchers, faculty, students, staff, community and professional colleagues

– The ability to handle confidential and sensitive information with discretion and excellent knowledge of archival theory and methodology and records management practice

– Excellent interpersonal skills, excellent organization skills and ability to set priorities and keep to deadlines

– Computer skills, including the use of integrated library systems, archival management systems, information databases, standard productivity software and archival digitizing equipment and techniques, EAD,

– Some travel required

Preferred Qualifications:
– Experience with instruction and outreach using primary source materials

– Experience with digital scholarship initiatives

– Familiarity with web editing software

Salary Range: upper 50s to lower 60s. This is a twelve-month position with excellent benefits and substantial paid time off.

To apply, please go to This position will close on January 25, 2019.

Posted in Jobs for Medievalists | Leave a comment

RBMS Scholarships Available

Response & Responsibility: Special Collections and Climate Change
RBMS 2019
Tuesday, June 18 – Friday, June 21, 2019
Baltimore, MD

The Rare Books and Manuscripts Section (RBMS) of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) offers scholarships to subsidize first-time conference attendance by professional librarians, qualified paraprofessionals, and students. RBMS is currently accepting scholarship applications for the 2019 RBMSConference, Response & Responsibility: Special Collections and Climate Change, to be held in Baltimore, MD from June 18-21, 2019. The deadline to apply for scholarships is January 11, 2019 and applicants will be notified on or before March 1, 2019.

RBMS is committed to increasing diversity in its membership and the special collections and archives professions. Accordingly, several conference scholarships have been designated for applicants from underrepresented ethnic and racial groups or for those employed by institutions that primarily serve one or more of these groups. For more information about the RBMS commitment to diversity, please visit theRBMS website ( If you would like to donate to the RBMS conference scholarshipprogram, you may do so when you register for the conference, or separately through the Friends of ACRL website ( For the Friends site, please remember to indicate that the donation is for RBMS conference scholarships.

Full and partial scholarships are awarded. Full scholarships include a waiver of the conference registration fee (up to $295 for professional and paraprofessional ACRL members, or $140 for full-time student members) plus a travel and accommodation stipend. Partial scholarships provide complimentary registration and may or may not include a stipend.

All candidates must be:
1. Currently enrolled in a library, information science, or archival studies program; a graduate of such a program; OR currently employed as a paraprofessional in a rare books, special collections, or archives capacity; and,
2. Members of ACRL who have not previously attended an RBMS conference and who do not have sufficient institutional support to attend.

The Scholarships Committee will take into consideration the following criteria when reviewing applicants:
· Evidence of commitment to and interest in the special collections field
· Interest in contributing to the profession
· Potential to benefit professionally from attendance at the conference
· Financial need
· Member of an underrepresented racial or ethnic group, or employed by an institution that primarily serves one or more of these groups.

Scholarship recipients are required to attend the entire conference and complete the conference evaluation. To help us ensure the ongoing improvement of the scholarship program, all scholarship winners will be required to submit a post-conference evaluation letter by July 31, 2019.

The deadline to apply is January 11, 2019 (11:59pm PST). Please see the RBMS Conference website for more details and to apply:

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Call for Papers – Interpreting Data, Constructing Performance: Source Study and the Recreation of Medieval MusicPractices

Interpreting Data, Constructing Performance: Source Study and the Recreation of Medieval MusicPractices

International Medieval Meeting Lleida
University of Lleida (Spain), 25-28 June 2019

CFP deadline: 24 March 2019. Applicant notification: 10 April 2019

Keynote speaker: Sam Barrett (University of Cambridge

Despite the large amount of religious and secular music that has survived in medieval manuscripts, we know very little about the performance practice of the period. Nonetheless, musicologists and performers are finding ways to extract valuable information about medieval practices not only from the actual music but also from visual, literary, archeological, and oral sources. Their methods and conclusions can become real paradigms in the reconstruction of historical practices.

This conference considers all possible approaches to the study of musical, visual, literary, archeological, and oral sources and their application to the creation of theories for the reconstruction of medieval music performance. Potential topic areas might include, but are not limited to:

  • Manuscripts and their performance indications
  • Notation and performance
  • Performance context and space
  • Usage of musical instruments
  • Song accompaniment
  • Audience participation
  • Iconography and performance
  • Experimental archeology, ethnoarcheology, and their application to performance
  • Voice production and song performance
  • Gesticulation, rhetoric, and music delivery

We invite researchers at all career stages to send abstracts up to 250 words for 20-minute papers (in English, Spanish, or Catalan), along with a current CV. Abstracts and CVs should be submitted to:

Màrius Bernadó (

Mauricio Molina (

Notification of acceptance will be sent via email around 10 April 2019.

Selected papers will be considered for publication in a new series dedicated to medieval music research sponsored by the University of Lleida.

Posted in Call for Papers | Leave a comment

Mary Jaharis Center Grants 2019-2020

The Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture is pleased to announce its 2019-2020 grant competition. Our grants reflect the Mary Jaharis Center’s commitment to fostering the field of Byzantine studies through the support of graduate students and early career researchers and faculty.

Mary Jaharis Center Dissertation Grants are awarded to advanced graduate students working on Ph.D. dissertations in the field of Byzantine studies broadly conceived. These grants are meant to help defray the costs of research-related expenses, e.g., travel, photography/digital images, microfilm.

Mary Jaharis Center Publication Grants support book-length publications or major articles in the field of Byzantine studies broadly conceived. Grants are aimed at early career academics. Preference will be given to postdocs and assistant professors, though applications from non-tenure track faculty and associate and full professors will be considered. We encourage the submission of first-book projects.

The application deadline for all grants is February 1, 2019. For further information, please see

Contact Brandie Ratliff (, Director, Mary Jaharis Center, with any questions.

Posted in Grants | Leave a comment

Jobs for Medievalists

Rare Book School (RBS) is searching for an organized, energetic, and detail-oriented full-time Program Assistant or Associate (depending on experience) to assist the Director of Programs & Education in facilitating excellent educational programming. In addition to working with the Director of Programs & Education, she or he will work closely with the Program Manager and Admissions Officer to maintain and improve upon the successful educational programming at RBS. 

The Program Assistant/Associate will be asked to:

·      communicate regularly with RBS faculty members and applicants as well as individuals who are sponsoring, supporting, or variously related to RBS courses and programs; 

·      support programs logistics for course sessions in Charlottesville (setting up classrooms, participant registration, evening receptions, communicating with conference services and students about dormitory housing, etc.);

·      oversee logistics relating to select satellite courses (including catering, space reservations, and course materials);  

·      assist with tracking course applications through the admissions process;

·      assist with writing and disseminating course-specific advertising;

·      assist Director of Programs & Education with course schedule planning; 

·      design and update the Information Guides for each course session and distribute to the participants; 

·      print and bind course workbooks, and prepare other print and digitally-distributed course materials;

·      oversee travel and housing reservations for faculty members, session staff, and lecturers; 

·      design, order, and maintain stock levels of RBS-related merchandise; 

·      assist with tracking student progression through Certificate of Proficiency requirements; and 

·      carry out other program-related duties as needed.

Our organization offers a fast-paced, creative, and collaborative work environment located on Central Grounds at the University of Virginia. Rare Book School, a non-profit organization, separate from but affiliated with the University, provides cutting-edge, specialized instruction vital for understanding and preserving artifacts central to our cultural heritage. 

Required qualifications: Qualified applicants must have a bachelor’s degree; strong attention to detail; steady work ethic; integrity; strong written and oral communication skills; an interest in planning events; proficiencies with Mac operating systems and the MS Office Suite; ability to work with database systems; and the ability to deliver high-quality customer service. The Program Assistant/Associate must also be able to work longer hours, including weekends, during class sessions and be able to travel to satellite course locations as needed. 

Desired qualifications: A degree in the humanities or social sciences; close familiarity with one or more of the constituencies from which our students and faculty principally come (e.g. book history & bibliography, special collections librarianship, book arts, antiquarian bookselling, archives, digital humanities, and higher education); and familiarity with the Chicago Manual of Style and the Adobe Creative Suite. Applicants will be working in a collections-focused environment. The Program Assistant/Associate may be asked to lift up to 40 pounds during their employment. 

This is a full-time, year-round, non-exempt, salaried position. Starting salary ranges from $34,000 to $38,000, depending on qualifications and experience. Benefits include health and dental insurance, annual leave, sick leave, an RBS course each year, and a 403(b) retirement plan with matching contributions. 

Applicants should submit the following materials: 

1) A cover letter discussing your qualifications and your interest in the position and the School

2) A curriculum vitae

3) The phone numbers and email addresses of at least three references

Please send electronic copies to Laura Perrings, Director of Programs & Education, at laura.perrings@virginia.eduApplications are due by 4 January 2019. 

Rare Book School is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity, equity, and inclusiveness. 

Posted in Jobs for Medievalists | Leave a comment

Call for Papers – “We are all servants” — The Diversity of Service in Premodern Europe International Conference

Call for papers
 “We are all servants” — The Diversity of Service in Premodern Europe International Conference, 20-22 September 2019
to be held at the Centre for Medieval Studies
University of Toronto, downtown campus

Organized by Elisheva Baumgarten and Isabelle Cochelin
with Lochin Brouillard and Emma Gabe

Scientific Advisory Board:
Elisheva Carlebach, Konrad Eisenbichler,
Antoinette Fauve-Chamoux and Diane Wolfthal

Heures de Charles d’Angoulême, Paris, BnF, Latin 1173, fol. 1r (end of 15th cent.)

If you would like to participate, please send the following information to before January 3rd, 2019:

your name, university, title of paper, 150 word abstract,
contact info (address, email and telephone), one page CV, and finally a short biographical blurb (the latter for the session chairs).

Service in premodern Europe was a ubiquitous phenomenon in daily life but also constituted a key concept for defining relationships between individuals. Servants were men or women, high or low on the social scale, poor or wealthy, children or elderly, of different faiths (Christian, Jewish or Muslim), and with few or great expectations for their future. For some, service was a lifetime occupation but for many a finite period in their life cycle. Even kings considered themselves to be servants in relation to God. In contrast with the diversity and pervasiveness of service in the past, few today would consider themselves the servant of another.

The project for this conference is therefore timely and innovative on many fronts. Our approach seeks to conceive the history of service in the longue durée, starting around 1000, when primary sources become more abundant (thanks to the increasing reliance on written texts) and ending before the turning point of the late seventeenth century, when the conception of service changed significantly. Our research will thus cover the medieval period for which no overall study on service exists so far. We will use an interdisciplinary methodology and bring together scholars from different fields (History, Literature and Art History, but also Religious Studies, Anthropology, and History of Architecture) and with complementary areas of geographical and chronological focus. In addition, we will take into account religion, which has been very little considered so far in the studies concerning service, even though any discourse on service in these centuries was steeped in religious imagery. For this reason, we will consider the Christian, Jewish and (when and where relevant also) Muslim communities of medieval and early modern Europe side by side. Finally, our approach will be both empirical and theoretical: we intend to examine service as a socio-historical reality and as a concept to define human relationships and work relations, a joint approach which has never been adopted in previous scholarship.

Main themes:

– Domestic servants in distinct surroundings (urban context, rural context, and within castles)

– Service in different religious groups (Catholic, Jewish, Protestant, etc.), including service when the servant is of a different religious faith than the masters

– Service in various religious sources and servants working for religious individuals or communities (theology and canon law; exempla literature in Latin and Hebrew; servants of secular clergy and in monasteries)

– Servants in art

– Service in literary sources

– Service as a model for human relationships, including service as work, or rather work conceived as service

– Service and issues of gender, sexualities, and kinship

– Service, race and migration

– Spatial distribution of servants within the households

– Service as opposed to slavery

Main disciplines: Social History, Religious History, Art History, History of Law, Theology, Literature, Economic History, History of Architecture, and Anthropology

Posted in Call for Papers | Leave a comment