Call for Papers – 2022 Southeastern Medieval Association Conference

The Southeastern Medieval Association’s 2022 Conference will take place in Birmingham, Alabama, November 10-12. The conference theme is “The Body and the Human,” and plenary speakers will be Rick Godden and Carissa Harris.

The CFP is below; the deadline for proposals is July 7. Find additional information at https://www.samford.edu/arts-and-sciences/events/The-Body-and-the-Human

The Body and the Human

In his Timaeus, Plato hypothesizes that human beings participate in the same world-soul that animates the cosmos, a microcosm of the wider macrocosm. This analogy proved stimulating for the inhabitants of the Middle Ages and inspired them to explore the connections between the body and the wider universe, as well as the relationship between bodies. This conference likewise encourages scholars across the fields of medieval studies to examine the body, the human, and the spaces in-between.

The SEMA 2022 conference organizers welcome proposals for individual papers, whole sessions, or round tables from all medieval disciplines and geographical regions, but preference will be given to abstracts that pertain to the conference theme and sub-themes:

Medieval medicine and notions of health
Disability studies
The body politic
Bodies and humans in motion
Visible and invisible bodies
Persecuted and privileged bodies 
Human and non-human
Embodiment and corporeality
Gender and sexuality
Race and racialization
The body in medieval law

Proposals for individual papers must be 200-300 words, and proposals for paper sessions or round tables should provide abstracts for all participants in addition to a brief statement of the panel’s purpose.

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ICMA Annual Book Prize

ICMA ANNUAL BOOK PRIZE
Deadline: 31 May 2022

The ICMA invites submissions for the annual prize for best single- or dual-authored book on any topic in medieval art. To be eligible for the 2022 competition, books must have been printed in 2021. No special issues of journals or anthologies or exhibition catalogues can be considered.

The competition is international and open to all ICMA members. To join or renew, click here. A statement of current membership is required with each submission.

Languages of publication: English, French, German, Italian, or Spanish

Prize: US $1,000 to a single author, or $500 each to two co-authors

Submission of books: only printed books with one or two authors are eligible for the prize. A statement of current ICMA membership must accompany each submission.

Presses and self-nominations: books must be sent directly to the jury members. Please fill out this form here. After the form is submitted, an email with addresses will be sent.

Visit www.medievalart.org/book-prize for more information.

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2023 Annual Meeting Call for Papers: Deadline June 1

98th Annual Meeting of the Medieval Academy of America
The Grand Hyatt, Washington, DC
23-26 February, 2023

Proposal Deadline: June 1

The 98th Annual Meeting of the Medieval Academy of America will take place at the Grand Hyatt Washington in downtown Washington, DC. The meeting is jointly hosted by the Medieval Academy of America and a consortium of medievalists from DC, Northern Virginia, and Maryland.

The conference program will feature sessions highlighting innovative scholarship across the many disciplines contributing to medieval studies. The Program Committee invites proposals for papers on all topics and in all disciplines and periods of medieval studies and medievalism, including on the themes and strands proposed below. Any member of the Medieval Academy may submit a paper proposal; others may submit proposals as well but must become members in order to present papers at the meeting. Special consideration will be given to individuals whose field would not normally involve membership in the Medieval Academy. We are particularly interested in receiving submissions from those working outside of traditional academic positions, including independent scholars, emeritus or adjunct faculty, university administrators, those working in cultural heritage institutions (libraries, archives, museums, scholarly societies, or cultural research centers), editors and publishers, and other fellow medievalists. The Program Committee seeks to construct a program that fully reflects and expands the diversity of the Medieval Academy’s membership with respect to research areas and representation.

Plenary addresses will be delivered by Suzanne Conklin Akbari, Professor of Medieval Studies, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton; Anne Dunlop, Herald Chair of Fine Arts at the University of Melbourne; and Maureen Miller, Professor of History, University of California, Berkeley, and incoming president of the Academy.

See this page for more information and the full Call for Papers:
https://www.medievalacademy.org/page/2023AnnualMeeting

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Harlaxton Medieval Symposium 2022

Harlaxton Medieval Symposium 2022
Death and Dying
Monday 15 – Thursday 18 August
Harlaxton Manor, Lincolnshire, UK

The Harlaxton Medieval Symposium is an interdisciplinary gathering of academics, students and enthusiasts which meets annually to celebrate medieval history, art, literature and architecture. Speakers at this year’s conference will focus on death in the later Middle Ages in both its practical and devotional aspects. Among themes to be explored are the ways in which death occurs (sickness, accident and murder), preparations for death (wills, testaments and executors’ papers), and devotional practices in lifetime and after death. Rituals and ceremonies associated with the moment of death and its aftermath will include funeral practices, chantries, monuments and monumental sculpture. Papers will relate both to England and to Continental Europe before the Reformation.

Speakers are: Ann Adams, Amy Appleford, Richard Asquith, Julia Boffey, Jane Bridgeman, Clive Burgess, Trevor Dean, Tony Edwards, Nicholas Flory, Lydia Hansell, Andrew Kirkman, Julian Luxford, Michael Michael, Lisa Monnas, Ann Payne, Henry Summerson, Linda Voigts and Nicholas Watson. This year’s Pamela Tudor-Craig Memorial Lecture will be delivered by Julian Gardner.

We are also pleased to continue our commitment to encouraging scholars in the early stages of their careers with two Dobson Scholarships available to PGRs or ECRs (within two years of completing a PhD) to cover conference costs. Awards will be made based on the academic excellence of applicants and the relevance of the symposium theme to their research. The application form can be downloaded on our website and the deadline for applications is 31 May 2022, to allow unsuccessful applicants the opportunity to source funding from elsewhere.

We will also be continuing our annual postgraduate poster competition, to allow PGRs and ECRs to share aspects of their research with delegates at the symposium. This has been a great success in previous years, allowing for the exchange of ideas in a friendly and academically-rigorous environment. Posters can relate to any area of Medieval Studies and do not necessarily have to connect to the theme of the symposium. Awards of the Dobson Scholarship are contingent upon presenting a poster, but we urge all PGRs and ECRs attending the symposium to take this opportunity.

Further details, including a full programme and booking/application forms, are available on our website: www.harlaxton.org.uk

Enquiries should be directed to the Secretaries: harlaxtonsymposium@gmail.com

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Call for Proposals: Early Global Insularities

Call for Proposals: Early Global Insularities
Viator Special Cluster
Editors: Sara Torres and Nahir I. Otaño Gracia

Early Modern literatures are suffused with references to fantastical, miraculous, and topographical islands, from the isle of Avalon in Arthurian legend, to Dante’s Purgatorio, to the pilgrimage site of St. Patrick’s Purgatory in Lough Derg, Ireland. Some texts imagine islands as archipelagos and networks—linked coastal zones where merchants, missionaries, and migrants mingle in local ports. Islands can be replicable, itinerant, or phantasmagorical (St. Brendan’s Isle), tied to the temporalities of liturgy or climate. They can, like the Fortunate Isles, float tantalizingly at the edges of cartographic knowledge and cultural epistemes, beckoning us beyond the thresholds of human knowledge. Other texts, such as Thomas More’s Utopia, focus on the spatial autonomy of islands, emphasizing their disjunctive status as unique in culture or in social organization, exceptionalist in outlook or in ideology. Such sites, conspicuously separate from surrounding polities and politics, draw attention to cultural difference or utopian possibility, and can facilitate the nostalgic affect that transforms a kingdom such as England into a “sceptered isle”—fantasies that can be used to exclude other communities or reinforce endogenous practices. At the heart of the idea of islands is an exploration of the nature and extent of our relationship as individuals to society at large, and of cultures to one another.

Islands occupy a sometimes ambiguous place in center-periphery models, and it’s our hope that by “centering” insularity as a topography, a literary conceit, and a disciplinary trope, we can explore both the range of “islands” in medieval and medievalist texts as well as the possibilities of working in an archipelagic scholarly community. In a time of climate crisis, the precarity of islands and archipelagoes (so often the sites of colonial violence) brings a sense of urgency to our reappraisal of the historical ideation of insularity and the relationship of the local to the global.

We invite proposals on topics broadly related to our theme of “Insularity and Early Globalities” and especially encourage contributions from early career scholars and scholars whose work spans multiple geographical regions and linguistic traditions.

Possible topics include:

  • Mythical islands in medieval, medievalist, or early modern literature
  • Iberian insolarios, coastal contact zones, and archipelagic regions
  • Mediterranean studies, Blue studies, and ecological commentaries on coasts or islands
  • Reflections on how geographical thought shapes premodern and early modern theories of race
  • Islands, periodization, and disruptive temporalities
  • Decolonizing approaches to early global insularities
  • Disciplinary insularity and its discontents
  • Reflections on teaching premodern or early modern literature from scholars working within “insular” institutional or geographical spaces

Proposals should be no more than 500 words in length and should be submitted by email to sara.torres@converse.edu and nahir@unm.edu with “Viator Proposal” in the subject line by 15 July 2022. The authors of selected proposals will be notified by 31 August 2022. Contributors will have the opportunity to workshop essays-in-progress in November 2022. Completed essays will be expected by 20 January 2023. Tentative publication date 2024.

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MAA News – From the President

Dear Academy Members,

I hope Spring is bringing all of you the cheer of blossoms and of warmer days. I write hoping to encourage all of you—especially our female members—to consider submitting your work to Speculum.

Before the pandemic, roughly equal numbers of female and male medievalists offered articles to Speculum. However, from the onset of the COVID crisis in March 2020 through the end of 2021, a disturbing gender imbalance emerged. As Editor Katherine L. Jansen recently reported at the annual meeting, of the articles submitted over those twenty-two pandemic months, “only 90 (39%) were from women, while 143 (61%) were from men, revealing a gender disparity of almost 59%.” While the reasons for this disparity are complex, it seems reasonable to speculate that women medievalists, like career women more generally, have had their ability to work negatively affected by the pandemic, and in particular by care-giving duties.

Members of the MAA Council have informally discussed how the Academy might help all care-givers to get back to publishing their work, but I would be grateful to hear from those of you experiencing pandemic-related setbacks in research and writing: what kinds of assistance would make a difference for you?

In the meantime, I encourage every woman reading this who has a research article in preparation to submit it to Speculum. The journal also welcomes co-authored papers. Your scholarship is a gift to all of us.

Maureen C. Miller (mcmiller@berkeley.edu), President of the Medieval Academy of America

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MAA News – MAA @ Kzoo

As always, the Medieval Academy of America will have a strong presence at the International Congress on Medieval Studies, taking place online from May 9 – 14.

1) The 2022 Medieval Academy Plenary Lecture will be delivered by Geraldine Heng (University of Texas at Austin), “An Ordinary Ship and Its Stories of Early Globalism,” on Tuesday, May 10 at 3:00 PM EDT. The lecture will be followed by a discussion with Prof. Heng. Two associated sessions on The Global Middle Ages will take place on May 11 at 5 PM EDT (Session 189) and 7 PM EDT (Session 205).

2) The MAA Graduate Student Committee is sponsoring a roundtable discussion on “Medieval Studies and the Community: Scholarship and Outreach” on May 11 at 5 PM EDT (Session 184). An informal gathering for graduate students will take place on May 9 at 7 PM EDT.

3) CARA (the Committee on Centers and Regional Associations) is sponsoring two roundtables: “Magistri et Artifices: Defining Excellence in the Medieval Studies Classroom” on May 9 at 3 PM EDT (Session 57) and “Insularity and Regionality in the Global Middle Ages” on May 12 at 3 PM EDT (Session 238).

Click here for more information. We hope to “see” you there!

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MAA News – 2023 Medieval Academy Meeting Call for Papers

98th Annual Meeting of the Medieval Academy of America
The Grand Hyatt, Washington, DC
23-26 February, 2023

The 98th Annual Meeting of the Medieval Academy of America will take place at the Grand Hyatt Washington in downtown Washington, DC. The meeting is jointly hosted by the Medieval Academy of America and a consortium of medievalists from DC, Northern Virginia, and Maryland.

The conference program will feature sessions highlighting innovative scholarship across the many disciplines contributing to medieval studies. The Program Committee invites proposals for papers on all topics and in all disciplines and periods of medieval studies and medievalism, including on the themes and strands proposed below. Any member of the Medieval Academy may submit a paper proposal; others may submit proposals as well but must become members in order to present papers at the meeting. Special consideration will be given to individuals whose field would not normally involve membership in the Medieval Academy. We are particularly interested in receiving submissions from those working outside of traditional academic positions, including independent scholars, emeritus or adjunct faculty, university administrators, those working in cultural heritage institutions (libraries, archives, museums, scholarly societies, or cultural research centers), editors and publishers, and other fellow medievalists. The Program Committee seeks to construct a program that fully reflects and expands the diversity of the Medieval Academy’s membership with respect to research areas and representation.

Plenary addresses will be delivered by Suzanne Conklin Akbari, Professor of Medieval Studies, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton; Anne Dunlop, Herald Chair of Fine Arts at the University of Melbourne; and Maureen Miller, Professor of History, University of California, Berkeley, and incoming president of the Academy.

Click here for the full call for papers.

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MAA News – MAA @ Leeds

If you’re going to be at the Leeds International Medieval Congress this year, please join us on Tuesday, 5 July, 19.00-20.00 for the Annual Medieval Academy of America Lecture: Carol Symes (Dept. of History, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign): “Médiévistes sans frontières – Shifting Medieval Boundaries at Multiple Scales”

Afterwards, join Prof. Symes and MAA governance and staff members for the Medieval Academy’s open-bar wine reception.

The Medieval Academy’s Graduate Student Committee roundtable, “Gatekeeping the Middle Ages: Accessing, Congrolling, and Disseminating the Medieval Past in the Modern World,” will take place on Monday, 4 July, from 19.00-20:00.

We hope to see you there!

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MAA News – Good News From Our Members

Esther Liberman Cuenca (University of Houston-Victoria) has received the Andrew W. Mellon Junior Faculty Fellowship at the Institute for Advanced Study for the 2022-23 academic year, as well as the Franklin Research Grant from the American Philosophical Society.

Charlene M. Eska has been awarded a 2022 Guggenheim Fellowship to support her work on a critical edition and translation of Dubhaltach Mac Fhirbhisigh’s seventeenth-century legal glossary. This glossary, which is partially based on versions of legal texts no longer extant, provides us with some insight into an otherwise lost world of medieval Irish legal scholarship.

Carolyn J. Quijano (Columbia Univ.) has been awarded a Rome Prize in Medieval Studies from the American Academy in Rome.

Several MAA members have recently been awarded grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities:

Amanda Luyster (College of the Holy Cross) has received a grant in support of the exhibition, “The Crusades and the Chertsey Combat Tiles: A Medieval Masterpiece Reconstructed.”

NEH Summer stipends have been awarded to:

Anne Heath (Hope College), “The Holy Tear of Christ: Visual and Performance Culture at the Benedictine Abbey of La Trinité, Vendôme, c. 1150-1550”

Anna Harrison (Loyola Marymount University), “Paradox and Love in the Thought of Bernard of Clairvaux (1090–1153)”

James Blasina (Swarthmore College), “Gender, Nation, and Empire in Music for St. Katherine of Alexandria, 1050-1400”

If you have Good News to share, please send it to Executive Director Lisa Fagin Davis.

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