Mary Jaharis Center Sponsored Panel, 2023 International Medieval Congress

To encourage the integration of Byzantine studies within the scholarly community and medieval studies in particular, the Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture seeks proposals for a Mary Jaharis Center sponsored session at the 2023 International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds, July 3–6, 2023. We invite session proposals on any topic relevant to Byzantine studies.

The thematic strand for the 2023 IMC is “Networks and Entanglements.” See the IMC Call for Papers (https://www.imc.leeds.ac.uk/imc-2023/) for additional information about the theme and suggested areas of discussion.

Session proposals must be submitted through the Mary Jaharis Center website (https://maryjahariscenter.org/sponsored-sessions/imc-2023). The deadline for submission is September 6, 2022. Proposals should include title, 100-word session abstract, session moderator and academic affiliation, information about the three papers to be presented in the session, for each paper: name of presenter and academic affiliation, proposed paper title, and 100-word abstract, and organizer’s CV

The session organizer may act as the moderator or present a paper. Participants may only present papers in one session.

Applicants will be contacted by mid-September about the status of their proposal.

If the proposed session is approved, the Mary Jaharis Center will reimburse a maximum of 4 session participants (presenters and moderator) up to $800 maximum for European residents and up to $1400 maximum for those coming from outside Europe. 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. For scholars participating remotely, the Mary Jaharis Center will reimburse participants for conference registration.

Please contact Brandie Ratliff (mjcbac@hchc.edu), Director, Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture with any questions.

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Jobs for Medievalists

ASSISTANT TO THE DIRECTOR
OF THE ATHENIAN AGORA EXCAVATIONS

Position in Athens

Deadline: September 1, 2022

Term: A full-time position beginning in October 2022 for three years, with the possibility of renewal.

Compensation: Salary commensurate with experience.

Qualifications: Candidates should hold a PhD in Archaeology, Classics, or a related field or else have experience working with the Greek Ministry of Culture, and be fluent in Modern Greek and English. Knowledge of the history, topography, and culture of Athens in the past, broadly defined, preferred.

Duties:

  • To help the Director in the day-to-day administration of the business of the excavations and to stand in for the Director when needed. Reports to the Director of the Agora Excavations.
  • To liaise with members of the Greek Ministry of Culture at all levels in the business and priorities of the excavations.
  • To work closely with the staff of the Agora Excavations in assisting scholars and students working in the Athenian Agora or on material from the Agora Excavations.
  • To help with the planning and execution of the excavations and to assist the Director and other staff of the Agora Excavations in the post-excavation work of the project throughout the year.
  • To participate in the academic community of the American School and maintain an active research agenda.

Application: Please submit letter of application and curriculum vitae (up to three pages in length) online here. Applicants should also include a brief statement of research interests and likely area(s) of research to be pursued during the initial tenure of the position. Three letters of recommendation are required. Upon submission of the online application, recommenders will be sent an automated email with instructions about how to submit their confidential letters of recommendation. Applicants may choose to send the request at any time by clicking the “Send Request Now” button on the online application form. To ensure the timely receipt of letters of recommendation, candidates should contact recommenders well ahead of the deadline indicating that such a reference request will be forthcoming. Recommenders may also send letters directly to application@ascsa.org. The deadline for applications is September 1, 2022.

Questions? Contact: application@ascsa.org

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Call for Projects – Transcription Challenge Framework (TCF)

Transcription Challenge Framework (TCF)

CALL FOR PROJECTS
Research Cycle 2023-2024

Do you have a relatively brief but problematic medieval source or text that exists in multiple copies, but has never received the kind of scholarly attention it warrants? Are you interested in examining and discussing your chosen source with a team of highly motivated researchers, who will work for a short but intense period to render versions of your source in machine-readable format? Would you like to learn how to use and apply collaborative digital methodologies in our increasingly virtual scholarly environment?

The newly-established Transcription Challenge Framework (TCF), a scholar-run initiative supported by FromThePage and Stanford University Libraries, is accepting proposals to host individual Transcription Challenges for its 2023-2024 TCF research-cycle season. The most appropriate texts for a Transcription Challenge are relatively short, totalling between 1200 and 2000 lines. Thus, a short book, or a book section from a longer treatise, are ideal candidates to submit to the Transcription Challenge.

For every Challenge, multiple 10-person transcriber teams, led by two captains each, will devote their time and expertise over a two-week period to transcribe one copy of a text or source, in competition with other teams participating in the Challenge at the same moment. At the end of the Challenge session, several versions of the same source, rendered in machine-readable format, will be produced to very high editorial standards, ready for future scholarly use, and will be sent to a panel of subject-area specialist who will judge all the submissions according to the speed, accuracy, and collaborative nature of the transcription effort. Judges will announce a winning submission from among the participating teams.

Two challenges are anticipated, scheduled between January and October 2023. Scholars whose proposals are accepted will benefit from the experience gained in past transcription events, have access to digital space to support the Challenge while it is ongoing, and a platform to house and publicize the scholarly output created before, during and after the two-week Challenge period.

Past transcription events have proved wildly popular and productive for former participants, and have provided training and real outcomes within the new research environment. For more information on the Transcription Challenge Framework, its history, goals, and outcomes, please see the TCF Website.

To apply, please submit the following by October 1, 2022.

  1. A 200-word abstract of the project that includes the chosen source and an explanation of why scholars would benefit from a transcription of its multiple copies;
  2. A list of digitized copies of the manuscript, preferably in IIIF format (feel free to inquire if this format is unfamiliar to you);
  3. A statement of who will act as Challenge Coordinator with contact information (email address, phone number, institutional affiliation if applicable), and a provisional list of who might serve as team captains;
  4. All projects that are based on a campus or institution should include, when possible, the name of an affiliated Digital Humanities specialist (usually located in a library or Digital Humanities or Digital Scholarship center) who should be informed of the project as it progresses;
  5. A preliminary bibliography of the source in question (5-10 items).

Submissions should be sent by 12 midnight EST on October 1, 2022 to the TCF Advisory Board TCFramework@gmail.com

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Jobs For Medievalists

Call for Applications Graduate Research Assistant

The Book Lab, located in the Cook Center for Public Arts & Humanities, is a research and maker space dedicated to the History of the Book, Book Arts, and Book Design. Our focus is on the book as a physical art object, cultural object, and historical technology for writing, teaching, learning, reading. For more information about our philosophy and activities, see our website: https://booklab.indiana.edu

Job Details

·          Average hours/week:              Flexible, in conversation with the Book Lab directors

·          Typical hours needed:             Office hours each week; occasional evening or weekend events

·          Preferred start date:               September 1, 2022

Key Responsibilities

  • Manage storage of and care for tools and materials used in and belonging to the lab
  • Assist in planning and running outreach programs and workshops, such as First Thursdays
  • Staff designated Book Lab office hours
  • Maintain and update website, including drafting and publishing blog posts about lab activities

The graduate assistant will have the opportunity to gain transferable experience in administrative and research skills such as: event planning, long-term planning, project planning, navigating material and budgetary resources, outreach communications, and discussion facilitation. They may also be involved in the research life of the Book Lab, with opportunities to create reading and working groups and to present current work for feedback.

Qualifications

This position is open to any graduate student whose research interests or research background align with the focal areas of the Book Lab. Applicants must submit a brief note of endorsement from their DGS or Chair confirming the student’s eligibility for this part-time position.

We are seeking applicants with the following skills and qualifications:

  • Current graduate student in the College of Arts & Sciences
  • Research focus or background that aligns with the Book Lab research agenda
  • Strong communication skills (oral and written) and interpersonal skills
  • Comfortable presenting in and facilitating large and small group discussions
  • Website maintenance experience (preferred)

Application Instructions

Prepare a CV and a short cover letter describing your interest in the position and your skills and research interests relevant to the position. Please send these materials along with a short email of endorsement from your DGS or Chair (see above) to Prof. Liz Hebbard (ehebbard@iu.edu) and Prof. Patty Ingham (pingham@iu.edu).

Deadline to apply:  August 19, 2022

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Call for Papers – The Networks of Romance

‘The Networks of Romance’, sponsored by the Medieval Romance Society, for the 58th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, May 11-13, 2023. 

Please note: Session II will be in a hybrid format, while sessions I and III will be in person.

The Networks of Romance I: Transnational and Global – (In-Person Format)

Increased social mobility and technological advances in modern society, as well as the advent of postcolonial studies, have spurred scholars to investigate the ‘interconnectedness’ of the global Middle Ages, and to challenge Western-centrism. This session is open to papers that apply these critical approaches to romance texts. We welcome scholars who consider the textual representations of cross-culturalism, and of networks that transcend regional and national boundaries. Also invited are papers that examine depictions of networks from outside the medieval West. We particularly encourage participants who use decolonising methodologies.

The Networks of Romance II: Material Culture and its Networks – Blended Format – (Virtual & In-Person Formats)

In recent years, scholars have increasingly posed questions about the relationship between medieval romance and the material. This session seeks to contribute to this discussion, inviting papers that interrogate material culture and its networks in relation to romance texts. Participants might examine how characters interacted with material objects, or the connections between ‘things’ and space in romance. Also invited are papers that consider the circulation, transmission and reception of romance manuscripts.

The Networks of Romance III: Intersectionality, Instability, and Social Networks – (In-Person Format)

A growing body of research by medievalists examines the intersectionality of identities, experiences and relationships. This work reveals the numerous ways that individuals of medieval society differentiated themselves based on age, disability, gender, ethnicity and social standing. However, it also tends to overlook the instability of these overlapping social categories. This session challenges the assumption that intersecting identities, experiences and relationships in the Middle Ages were static. It does so through interrogating the multiple and complex features of social networks in romance, whether that be on a micro or macro level.

Deadline for proposals: 15 September 2022

Proposals should be up to 250 words for a 20-minute paper
Please submit your proposal to the ICMS Confex: https://icms.confex.com/icms/2023/cfp.cgi
If you have any questions, please contact Rachel Harley: rah600@york.ac.uk

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MAA News – From the President

Dear Academy Members,

I’ll admit, I’ve said those words. As a graduate student’s lack-of-jobs lament was concluding, they slipped out of my mouth: “Well, there’s never been a lot of jobs in medieval studies.” Unhelpful, I know. Luckily, some of our younger members have spun the unsatisfying dross of such responses into gold.

They have started collecting data! Disciplinary professional associations have been collecting jobs data and reporting on it for some time, but member Merle Eisenberg recognized that our interdisciplinary field needs its own. And, instead of simply lamenting the lack, he started pulling together statistics for his own field (history) and then invited some medievalist contacts in other disciplines to help collect in their areas of expertise: Laura Ingallinella (Italian Studies), Skyler Anderson (Islamic Studies), Jonathan Henry (Religious Studies), and Renée Trilling (English).

The result was an initial analysis presented to the Academy’s Council in collaboration with the coalition “MedievALLists in the Workforce.” Spearheaded by Laura Ingallinella and Councillor Laura Morreale, this vital group is “committed to taking action in response to the large-scale collapse of the Medieval Studies job market in traditional academic positions in all fields across North America, and to the many challenges facing medievalists who work in sectors outside of permanent teaching jobs in institutions of higher education” (MedievALLists Proposal, September 2021). It emerged both from discussions within the Academy’s Committee on Professional Development, on which Morreale had served, and those among the collaborators, especially Sara McDougall, who created the Middle Ages for Educators (MAFE) site (https://middleagesforeducators.princeton.edu/). The latter was a response to the rapid and chaotic shift to online teaching in 2020 and brought Merle and Laura into deeper discussions about the collapse of the job market in medieval studies. As Merle put it, his years of personal experience on that “market”—really, at this point, a lottery—and his activist collaboration on MAFE to address the urgent needs of colleagues yielded a determination to document what was happening in order to formulate solutions.

Indeed, the data from just a handful of our many disciplines has already revealed some trends to acknowledge and address—especially by anyone who can influence a doctoral program’s offerings. From AY2015-16 to AY2020-21, positions advertised have broadened both temporally (e.g., “medieval/early modern”) and geographically (e.g., Europe + someplace else). Thematic specializations (e.g., gender, race) have also been added to the hiring desiderata. Variation in opportunities among our constituent areas of study, particularly the relative strength of English in comparison to other fields, suggests other ways forward. If institutions perceive positions in English as less expendable, are there ways those of us in other departments can make medievalists more (obviously) essential?

The Academy’s Council has just prioritized some funding to help Merle and his colleagues keep this going, but the project merits more support and expansion. Most urgently, we need post-COVID data. If you can volunteer some of your own time and expertise, reach out to Merle (merle.eisenberg@okstate.edu). Coverage of fields beyond those mentioned above, especially art history, would be really valuable.

I close with the good news that Merle is starting a new job at Oklahoma State University. I am grateful for his efforts, and those of all these generous and inspiring colleagues: thank you!

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

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MAA News – A Speculum Webinar: “Emerging Issues in Medieval Iberian Studies”

“Emerging Issues in Medieval Iberian Studies”
A Speculum Webinar
25 August 2022
12:00 PM -1:30 PM EDT
Via Zoom

 

The Medieval Academy of America will host a Speculum webinar to launch the July themed issue of the journal: “Emerging Issues in Medieval Iberian Studies” on 25 August, 12:00 PM -1:30 PM EDT. The contributing authors, representing various disciplinary approaches, will give 10-minute TED-style talks to present their research articles. Their presentations will be followed by a Q&A session with the audience. The presenters are:

Yosi Yisraeli and Yanay Israeli on “Defining ‘Conversos’ in Fifteenth-Century Castile: The Making of a Controversial Category”

Pamela A. Patton on “What Did Medieval Slavery Look Like? Color, Race, and Unfreedom in Later Medieval Iberia”

María Jesús Torrens-Álvarez and Donald N. Tuten on “From ‘Latin’ to the Vernacular: Latin-Romance Hybridity, Scribal Competence, and Social Transformation in Medieval Castile”

Linda G. Jones on “Representations of Hegemonic Masculinities in Medieval Leonese-Castilian and Almohad Chronicles”

The webinar is free and open to the public. Registration is required. Click here to register.

The webinar will be recorded and posted on the Medieval Academy of America’s YouTube channel.

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MAA News – CFP: CARA sessions at 2023 Kalamazoo ICMS

CARA (the MAA Committee on Centers and Regional Associations) invites proposals for its two sponsored sessions at next year’s meeting of the International Congress on Medieval Studies at Kalamazoo, which will take place from 11-13 May 2023.

I. Cold Comforts: Fantasies and Fictions of the Medieval North

Scholars long have focused upon “the East” as a focus of the medieval European imaginary, and as the locus for various practices of Othering and exoticization. Such practices, however, were just as likely to be dis-oriented in the wider medieval world. We invite scholars of medieval Africa, Iberia, the Islamicate, as well as Byzantine and Latin Christendom to explore how the North served as what Le Goff has described as an “oneiric horizon” in the Middle Ages—a site of fantasy, fiction, and imagination—in historical, ethnographic, literary, and artistic discourses.

II. Making Medieval: The Potential and Pitfalls of Experiential Pedagogy in Medieval Studies (co-sponsored with TEAMS)

Moving beyond the traditional media of lectio and lectura, medievalists in a wide range of disciplines have integrated making, doing, and performance into their classroom practice and curricula. This roundtable invites colleagues working in K—12 as well as university settings to share their innovations, experiences, and insights about the role of “hands-on” activities and lesson plans in promoting and advancing their students’ engagement with and understanding of the Middle Ages, including (but not limited to) musical and dramatic performance, artistic and craft production, and experimental archeology.

We are pleased that both CARA-sponsored sessions will take place in a blended format, making it possible to participate either in person or virtually. Paper proposals, which are due by 15 September, may be submitted through the Congress’s website at https://wmich.edu/medievalcongress/submissions. If you have any questions, please contact CARA’s Chair, Sean Gilsdorf (gilsdorf@fas.harvard.edu).

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MAA News – Advocacy Committee

We are very pleased to announce the members of the MAA’s inaugural Advocacy Committee:

Jonathan Correa-Reyes (Pennsylvania State Univ.)
Leah DeVun (Rutgers Univ.)
Matthew Gabriele (Virginia Tech)
Matthew Z. Heintzelman (Hill Museum and Monastic Library)
Miriamne Krummel (Univ. of Dayton), Chair
Christina Maranci (Harvard Univ.)

The Advocacy Committee is charged with composing Advocacy Statements on behalf of the MAA and making determinations about supporting statements issued by other organizations, in keeping with the Medieval Academy of America’s recently-revised Advocacy Policy.

We are very grateful to the inaugural committee members for taking on this important work.

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MAA News – Call for Fellows Nominations

To all Members of the Medieval Academy of America:

All members of the Medieval Academy of America are hereby invited to submit nominations for the election of Fellows and Corresponding Fellows of the Academy for 2023. You need not be a Fellow to nominate a Fellow or Corresponding Fellow, and all members are warmly encouraged do so, for this is one important way in which the Academy recognizes and honors its most outstanding scholars. Nominations from Corresponding Fellows who reside in countries outside of North America, who need not be members of the Academy, are equally welcome.

Currently, there are 122 Active Fellows and 67 Corresponding Fellows. According to the Strategic Plan recently approved by the Fellows, the number of total Fellows and Corresponding Fellows is to be increased each year as follows:

“The number of voting Fellows [will] be increased from 125 to 150 and the number of Corresponding Fellows [will] be increased from 75 to 100 over a period of 9 years, with 3 additional Fellows and 3 additional Corresponding Fellows to be elected per year over the first 8 years and an additional Fellow and Corresponding Fellow in the ninth year.”

In accordance with this new policy, there will be a maximum of 131 Fellows and 81 Corresponding Fellows in 2023. The number of openings in the current cycle, then, is 9 Fellows and 14 Corresponding Fellows.

New procedures for nomination dossiers have been instituted as a result of the reforms adopted by the Fellows in 2021. The instructions are detailed at
https://medievalacademy.site-ym.com/?page=Election_Procedure

In brief, here are the rules for the dossier:

1) up to three signed letters of nomination, each of which may be up to two pages in length (although a nomination can still go forward without prejudice with a single letter);
2) a curriculum vitae of NO MORE than four pages;
3) a URL directing voters to an expanded online CV, if possible (this URL should be included in the body of the first nominating letter)

These components must be combined into a single PDF and submitted by email to the Executive Director (LFD@TheMedievalAcademy.org). Incomplete or improperly constituted dossiers will not be accepted.

All Fellows (except for Corresponding Fellows) must be members of the Medieval Academy who reside in North America at the time of election. They should be medievalists who have contributed to our knowledge of the Middle Ages with a substantial body of scholarship, distinguished in both quality and quantity. In most fields the contribution will entail several well-received books, though in some areas the standard may be important digital work or a sheaf of influential articles. Major prizes, editorships, and professional leadership in societies including (but not limited to) the MAA may also be taken into account. Election to the Fellows recognizes a lifetime of academic achievement. Candidates, therefore, will ordinarily be full professors, though senior curators and distinguished independent and non-tenure-track scholars may also merit election. Nominations of associate professors are normally considered premature.

In nominating candidates, please consider diversity in discipline, ethnicity, gender, regions of the country, and types of institution. Please also bear in mind that Medieval Studies is not limited to Western Europe or to the second half of our period.

In order to present a balanced slate, additional nominations may be made by the Fellows Nominating Committee, the members of which are listed on the Officers page.

To sum up: Please follow instructions for nominations as found on the MAA website; nominations that are incorrectly prepared will not be considered.

Instructions for nominations are available here:
https://medievalacademy.site-ym.com/?page=Election_Procedure

Please refer to the lists of current Fellows before proposing a nomination:

Current Fellows:
https://medievalacademy.site-ym.com/?page=Fellows_List
Current Corresponding Fellows:
https://medievalacademy.site-ym.com/page/CorrFellows

Nominations for the 2023 elections must be received by 1 October 2022. Unsuccessful nominations from previous years may be resubmitted. Please contact the Executive Director for further information about this process.

Finally, please keep nominations confidential. Although nominators are to sign their names to the letters, all involved should try not to let nominees learn about their nomination.

We look forward to a diverse and exciting set of nominations.

– Richard Emmerson, President of the Fellows

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