Call for Papers – Questioning “Gregorian Reform Art” (11th-12th c.): Challenges, Strategies, and New Approaches (2 sessions, virtual format)

CFP: Questioning “Gregorian Reform Art” (11th-12th c.):
Challenges, Strategies, and New Approaches (2 sessions, virtual format)
International Congress on Medieval Studies, May 11-13, 2023
University of Western Michigan, Kalamazoo, MI (USA)
Sponsored by the Italian Art Society, www.italianartsociety.org
Submission Deadline: September 15, 2022

Organizers:
Barbara Franzé, Lecturer, Universities of Neuchâtel and Lausanne
Gillian B. Elliott, Adjunct Professor, George Washington University

Call for Papers:

Since the early studies by Ernst Kitzinger and Hélène Toubert, art historians have interpreted the monumental decorative programs of Rome by placing formal inventiveness, new narrative strategies, and the intensification of figurative production of the reforming century in a causal relationship with the social issues of the Gregorian Reform movement. Even as research initiatives now consider a vast territory, from Northern Italy to France, the Iberian Peninsula, and the regions of Eastern Europe, the subject of “Gregorian Reform Art” remains controversial because skeptics continue to cast doubt on a systematic artistic reform agenda. The purpose of the two sessions is to free our discipline from the epistemological rut of the “all-encompassing reform agenda” or the “non-existent reform agenda” in which it is stuck, by proceeding on a case-by-case basis, through the examination of singular monuments. By analyzing iconography and its language, the art historian discovers the intentions expressed “hic et nunc” and reveals the issues presiding over the materialization of the decorations. By accumulating specific knowledge of individual monuments, the sessions aim to draw a more complete picture of a complex and changing phenomenon.

Session I. Rome and Northern Italy

For the first session we welcome papers about artistic programs in Rome, its surrounding area and northern Italy.

Session II. To the Boundaries

For the second session we wish to widen the debate to the “off-center” territories of the reform (Portugal, Croatia, Hungary, Poland, etc.) and the question of a universalist (i.e., Western European), character of the pontifical project.

Please submit proposals that consider, but are not limited to, the following possible topics:

  • Individual monumental artistic programs in Italy
  • Comparisons of a range of monuments
  • Shifting definitions of “Gregorian Reform Art”
  • Methodological approaches to political interpretation and artistic programs
  • Hybrid spaces and meanings
  • The artistic language of the reform
  • Universal vs. local political agendas

Please submit abstracts of 200 words no later than September 15, 2022, to Barbara Franzé at barbara.franze@unil.ch and Gillian Elliott at gillianelliott@gwu.edu

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Call for Submissions – Digital Humanities Showcase

Medieval Academy of America Graduate Student Committee 
Digital Humanities Showcase
Call for Submissions
Due Monday, October 3, 2022

Come celebrate with us! The GSC is seeking presenters for its first-ever Digital Humanities Showcase, scheduled to take place over Zoom on December 1, 2022. We invite scholars in any field or discipline of global medieval studies who use innovative technologies in their study or teaching of the Middle Ages to share their work with a broad audience of medievalists. This virtual gathering will serve as a forum for scholars, both emerging and established, to gather and learn about, as well as celebrate, their achievements and work in the digital humanities, broadly conceived. Above all, the GSC’s Digital Humanities Showcase is meant to be fun and exciting, giving participants and presenters alike the chance to share ideas and connect. Presentations should be no more than ten minutes in length and explain the impact of the applied technologies on medieval studies. The content of the presentations should be accessible to scholars from all disciplines while also maintaining a high quality of research. If possible, we encourage presenters to include a demonstration of their technology, methodology, or approach.

Applications should include a 2-page CV as well as a brief abstract of no more than 200 words. Submissions should be sent to Reed O’Mara at rao44@case.edu and gsc@themedievalacademy.org by October 3, 2022. Selected speakers will be notified by mid-October.

Possible topics could include, but are not limited to:

  • Digital modeling of religious and secular spaces
  • Virtual reconstructions of manuscripts
  • New innovations in mapping
  • Immersive technologies such as mixed- or virtual-reality headsets
  • Sensory recreations—spaces, sounds, textures, tastes, etc.
  • Classroom or research applications for technology
  • X-ray, imaging, and other scientific analyses to research palimpsests, artworks, and manuscripts
  • Examinations of medieval technologies through modern reconstructions and analyses
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Twitter Discussion – Teaching Medieval History (it’s more than Europe)

Members of the MAA, please join us with the #sschat on Twitter on Monday, 8/15, at 7pm ET. Co-chair of our MAA K-12 Committee, Elizabeth Keohane-Burbridge, will be hosting the chat and you are more than welcome to join in and learn more about K-12 teaching of the global Middle Ages and also offer your own thoughts and insights.Over the hour, Dr. Keohane-Burbridge will ask six open-ended questions that we hope will better help the teaching and learning of the global Middle Ages. To participate, simply search for the hashtag #sschat on Twitter and make sure that your answers and comments include #sschat as well as the question number that you are answering. In preparation, you can review previous #sschat conversations on Twitter to become comfortable with the format.

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Jobs For Medievalists

DEADLINE: October 15, 2022

The Department of History at Texas State University invites applications for a full-time, tenure track Assistant Professor of Medieval Europe (c. 500-1500). The successful candidate will be expected to teach the first half of Western Civilization and specialized undergraduate and graduate courses on European medieval history.

https://jobs.hr.txstate.edu/postings/39268

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Call for Papers – Fordham Center for Medieval Studies’ 42nd Annual Conference

Fordham Center for Medieval Studies’ 42nd Annual Conference
LOST & FOUND:
The Legacies Of Greek Culture In The Global Middle Ages

March 4-5, 2023, in-person at

Fordham University’s Lincoln Center campus, New York NY

Plenary speakers: Mirela Ivanova (University of Sheffield), Anthony Kaldellis (Ohio State University), and Glenn Peers (Syracuse University)

CALL FOR PAPERS

The legacies of ancient and Christian Greek culture exerted a powerful influence in western Europe, the Slavic territories, and the Islamic principalities around the Mediterranean rim from the end of antiquity to the fifteenth century, but the transmission of these legacies was neither straightforward nor without difficulty.  From the seventh century onwards, we find intellectuals, theologians, poets, and artists actively discovering, appropriating, and adapting many aspects of Greek literature, medicine, science, and theology to serve their own ends.  This conference examines the channels of transmission that allowed premodern people from western Europe to the Eurasian Stepp to the northern fringe of the Sahara to find the lost legacies of the Greeks, from the industry of the translators who rendered Greek texts into Latin, Arabic, Armenian, and Georgian to the activity of the cultural brokers who travelled back and forth between medieval Europe, Byzantium, and the House of Islam (diplomats, merchants, or soldiers) to the appropriation of Greek cultural objects for the purpose of devotion or as spoils of war.  Interdisciplinary in its approach and expansive in its geographical reach, this conference will consider the impact of Greek learning on medieval theology, medicine, philosophy, law, literature, history, material culture, and the transmission of the classical tradition.

We welcome papers that consider the following or related questions:

  • What does it mean to speak of “Greek” culture and artefacts in the Middle Ages? How do we decide what is “Greek”?  How did medieval people understand, receive, and authenticate ideas and artefacts from “Greek” lands?
  • How did Slavic, western European, Islamic, and other cultures distinguish (if they did) between classical Greek texts, ideas, and artefacts and “Byzantine” (East Roman) ones? Were classical texts, artefacts, and ideas prized over contemporary ones?  Did perceptions of the relative value of classical and Byzantine texts, ideas, and artefacts differ in different cultures
  • How did Greek ideas, culture, and artefacts travel? Which items or elements of Greek culture were most likely to be transmitted by diplomats, merchants, monks, crusaders, or mercenaries?
  • What happened to items and elements from Greek culture when they arrived in a foreign land? What kinds of translation, mutation, reframing, adoption, and adaptation were they subjected to?  Does reception of these elements in Christian lands differ from their reception in Islamic lands?  Are there features of reception that were common across all cultures?
  • How did contact with living “Greeks” affect the reception, adoption, and adaptation of elements of Greek culture?
  • Did the reception of Greek culture provide a means of contact or dissent between Islamic and Christian communities in the Middle Ages?
  • How did non-native Greek speakers learn to read Greek in the Middle Ages? What resources did they have at their disposal?  How can we measure their level of proficiency?

Please submit an abstract and cover letter with contact information by September 15, 2022 to medievals@fordham.edu

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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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