Call for Papers – Musicology at Kalamazoo

The program committee for Musicology at Kalamazoo invites submissions for the 60th International Congress on Medieval Studies, which will be held on May 8-10, 2025 in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The session topics approved by the Congress can be viewed at https://wmich.edu/medievalcongress/call and include:

IN PERSON:

Chant and Liturgy: In Celebration of Joseph Dyer (ID 6365)
Medieval Dance and Processions: In Honor of the Centenary of Ingrid Brainard’s Birth (ID 6387)
Medieval Music and the Modern Imagination (ID 6328)
Musical Theory (ID 6335)
Music and Politics (ID 6367)
Soundscapes (ID 6336)
Text, Image, and Musical Practice (ID 6338)

VIRTUAL:
Digital Humanities and Medieval Music (ID 6385)

We invite both specialists in musical disciplines and specialists in fields other than music to submit proposals, as we hope to foster interdisciplinary dialogue. Musicology at Kalamazoo strives to foster an environment that is supportive of medievalists of color and other marginalized groups. Papers tackling themes of diversity, inclusion, pedagogy, class, race, disability, gender, and sexual orientation will also be particularly welcome at our sessions.

Please keep in mind that we intend these session titles mostly as “hooks,” on which a multitude of proposals can be placed, rather than as limitations, so send us your best work. Proposals for papers (usually 20 mins) should include an abstract of no more than 300 words. All proposals must be submitted by 15 September 2024 via the Confex call for papers system on the ICMS website: https://icms.confex.com/icms/2025/cfp.cgi. This is required by the Medieval Institute.

The committee is also looking for volunteers to chair sessions. Self-nominations may be sent with a brief CV to the program committee at musicology.kzoo@gmail.com.

If you have any questions, please contact the committee at musicology.kzoo@gmail.com. We look forward to seeing you at Kalamazoo next May.

Sincerely,

The Musicology at Kalamazoo Program Committee
Alison Altstatt
Henry T. Drummond
Melanie Batoff
Alessandra Ignesti
Suzanna Feldkamp

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Call for Papers – Tis (Not) But a Scratch: New Directions in Medieval Graffitological Scholarship

Tis (Not) But a Scratch:
New Directions in Medieval Graffitological Scholarship
Call For Papers: 60th International Conference on Medieval Studies
Kalamazoo, MI and online (hybrid), May 8-10, 2025

Often divorced from visual studies, inaccessible beyond its support, and erased by well-meaning conservation efforts, medieval and early modern graffiti is difficult to study yet essential for understanding the Middle Ages. Scholars and students of all levels are invited to submit abstracts for papers on medieval and early modern graffiti. The session welcomes interest in graffiti among varied disciplines, such as philosophy, musicology, art history, military history, and theology, and among public-facing institutions concerned with the display and preservation of graffiti in situ and elsewhere. Papers of the “material” and “global” turns and in the digital humanities are especially encouraged.

Please submit a 300-word abstract to https://tinyurl.com/icmsgraffiti2025 by Sept. 15, 2024.

Please direct all questions to organizer Sarah Frisbie via sarah.frisbie@case.edu .

Selected participants will be notified by October 15, 2024.

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CARA News – The Medieval Institute at Notre Dame

The 2023–24 year was a blockbuster one for the Medieval Institute at the University of Notre Dame.

We welcomed a number of visiting scholars to the institute, including John Mulhall (Assistant Professor of History, Purdue University) as our Mellon Fellow, Wiebke-Marie Stock (University of Bonn), and Manolis Ulbricht (Marie Skłodowska-Curie Global Postdoctoral Fellow).

The year brought a number of events and speakers, including a February alumni lecture by Jonathan Lyon (Ph.D. ’05), on “Corrupt Officials and the Problem of Medieval ‘Government’.” Our annual Robert M. and Ricki Conway Lectures were on the theme of “Women and Knowledge in the Middle Ages,” with speakers Sara Ritchey (“Notes on Performed Knowledge in Late Medieval Women’s Religious Communities”), Linda G. Jones (“Contested Female Authority and the Transmission of Knowledge in Medieval Sunni Islam”), and Leonora Neville (“Wisdom, Virtue, and Intellectual Women in the Eastern Roman Empire”). The third annual Mathews Byzantine Lecture was given by Theodora Antonopoulou (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece) on “Religion, Politics, and Identities in Byzantium: Aspects of Medieval Greek Homilies.” Finally, our annual Mellon Colloquium featured the work of John Mulhall, joined by discussants Charles Burnett (The Warburg Institute), Peter Adamson (King’s College, London), and Thomas Burman (University of Notre Dame) on the topic of “The Republic of Translators: Latin, Greek, Arabic and a New Age of Science, Philosophy, and Theology in the Twelfth Century.” All talks are available on our YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/MedievalInstituteND).

In addition to these lecturers, our working groups hosted numerous other speakers and discussion meetings throughout the year. This year the institute funded five working groups on a range of topics: Medieval Liturgy, Religion and Pluralism in the Medieval Mediterranean, The Digital Schoolbook, Unknown Ancient Greek Homilies in an Ambrosiana Palimpsest, and The Papacy and Eastern Christian Traditions.

Our community work also continued, led by Christopher Miller, director of community engagement, with the help of our second Public Humanities Postdoctoral Fellow, Anne Le (UCLA). In the fall we hosted three medieval-themed tailgates on Gameday Saturdays: an Irish Music & Dance workshop with performer Shannon Dunne and the Notre Dame Céilí Band; a workshop on medieval combat with Theatrica Gladiatoria; and a visit from the Cedarlore Forge blacksmith, who demonstrated how to forge a medieval-style sword. In the spring, our Public Humanities Fellow offered a third run of our high school course, “Why the Middle Ages Matter.”

The biggest highlight was, of course, hosting the 99th Annual Meeting of the Medieval Academy here on campus for our colleagues and friends. The themes for the meeting were “Mapping the Middle Ages,” “Bodies in Motion,” and “Communities of Knowledge.” Five speakers delivered plenary addresses: Bissera V. Pentcheva (Professor of Art History, Stanford University), Zrinka Stahuljak (Professor of Comparative Literature and French, UCLA), Robin Fleming (Professor of History, Boston College, and MAA president) co-presenting with Samantha Leggett (Lecturer in Computational Archaeology, University of Edinburgh), and Jack Tannous (Associate Professor of History and Hellenic Studies, Princeton University).

Sixty concurrent sessions represented a range of threads, including “Digitally Mapping the Middle Ages,” “Sacred Interiors,” “Islamic Epistemology,” “Mapping Real and Imaginary Travel,” “Mobile Bodies,” and “Border Crossings,” and covered topics addressing material culture, literary studies, cosmology, architecture, liturgy, and pandemics, to name a few. Roundtables and workshops highlighted union organizing in higher education, writing for a public audience, and publishing on the Middle Ages. Over 350 attendees, plus many book sellers and exhibitors, joined us from all across the world. We were delighted to hear that conference-goers had a wonderful time and found the program stimulating.

You can read more about these events, our visitors, and the Institute on our website [http://medieval.nd.edu], and you can follow us on Twitter [https://twitter.com/MedievalND], Facebook [https://www.facebook.com/MedievalND], and YouTube [https://www.youtube.com/channel/MedievalInstituteND].

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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, 2 July, 19.00-20.00 (Session 901) for the annual Medieval Academy Lecture, to be delivered by Monica Green: “Crisis Under a Microscope – the Black Death, Multidisciplinarity, and the Global Middle Ages.” Afterwards, join Prof. Green and MAA governance and staff members for the Medieval Academy’s open-bar wine reception.

The Medieval Academy’s Graduate Student Committee roundtable will take place Monday, 1 July, 19:00-20:00 (Session 411): “Community in Times of Crisis: Graduate Students in Medieval Studies and the Role of Service.” Participants include Lydia Shahan (Harvard University), Will Beattie (University of Notre Dame), and Emily Sun (Harvard University).

We hope to see you there!

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Call for Papers – Moments, Intervals, Epochs: Time in the Visual Arts

Moments, Intervals, Epochs: Time in the Visual Arts
50th Annual Cleveland Symposium
Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, Ohio
Friday and Saturday, November 22-23, 2024

Both as a physical dimension and a subjective concept, time defines human existence and experience, evident in visual production across eras and places. The Department of Art History and Art at Case Western Reserve University invites graduate students to submit paper abstracts for the 2024 Annual Symposium, Moments, Intervals, Epochs: Time in the Visual Arts, by July 15, 2024. The Cleveland Symposium is one of the longest-running annual art history symposia in the United States organized by graduate students. Held in partnership with the Cleveland Museum of Art as part of the joint program between CWRU and CMA, this year’s symposium welcomes innovative research papers that explore the themes of time and temporality in the creation, reception, and afterlives of objects and events in the visual arts. Submissions may explore aspects of this theme as manifested in any medium as well as in any historical period and geographic location. Different methodological perspectives are welcome.

Potential topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Instants, eternities
  • The creation and reception of timekeeping devices and tools such as sundials, water clocks, astronomical charts, monastic bells, etc.
  • Visual methods of categorizing time (e.g. celebrations and events, books of hours, zodiac charts, ragamala paintings)
  • Depictions of time passing
  • Temporal considerations for artistic production
  • Conservation and preservation of materials
  • The importance of time in ritual and religious practice
  • Time and the diasporic experience
  • Historiographic considerations

Current and recent graduate students in art history and related disciplines are invited to submit an abstract of up to 350 words and a CV to clevelandsymposium@gmail.com by Monday, July 15, 2024. Selected participants will be notified by mid August. Presentations should be between 15–18 minutes in length. The symposium is planned as an in-person event, and all participants are expected to attend both days. Speakers will be responsible for their own travel but lodging with CWRU grad students will be arranged for interested participants.

Please send any questions to Cecily Hughes and Madeline Newquist at clevelandsymposium@gmail.com.

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Festschrift for Helen C Evans

Work is underway on a festschrift in honor of Dr. Helen C. Evans, Mary and Michael Jaharis Curator Emerita of Byzantine Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. We, Jennifer Ball, Christina Maranci, Brandie Ratliff, and Thelma Thomas, the editors of Beyond Byzantium: Essays on the Medieval Worlds of Eastern Christianity and their Arts. In honor of Helen C. Evans invite friends, colleagues, students, and scholars who have known Helen in some capacity to sign the tabula congratulatoria and join us in congratulating Helen for her outstanding career, service to our field, personal mentorship, and many publications.

Helen has advanced medieval studies through her teaching, exhibitions, and scholarship. Moreover, Helen’s service to the fields of Byzantine and Armenian studies and to art history and the museum profession more generally has been long and transformational. As president of the International Center of Medieval Art, she helped to broaden the scope of the field to envision a truly global Medieval world, encompassing Afro-Eurasia.

The volume, to be published by De Gruyter next year, is organized around themes that reflect Helen’s contributions to Byzantine studies, the global medieval world, Armenia and the Caucasus region, and curating and exhibitions. Given her extensive career, Helen has touched the lives of so many scholars that it made the task of determining the scope of this festschrift difficult. We invited participation from authors whom she has mentored directly or with whom she has collaborated closely on a project.

Now, we invite all to sign the tabula congratulatoria using this Google form: https://forms.gle/Rcs5hsRyYk9KfEW18. Please note that our tabula is a way to thank and congratulate Helen. We are not asking for any donation for the publication.

We ask that you add your name to the tabula no later than August 15, 2024.

If you have any questions, please reach out to us at hcefestschrift@gmail.com.

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Univ. of Pennsylvania WHC’s Mellon postdoc fellowships 2025-2026

University of Pennsylvania, Wolf Humanities Center
Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Humanities, 2025–2026

2025–2026 Topic: Truth
Application Deadline: November 3, 2024

The Wolf Humanities Center at the University of Pennsylvania is now accepting applications for its 2025–2026 Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowships in the Humanities on the general theme of Truth.

Research proposals from all humanistic disciplines and allied areas (e.g., anthropology, history of science) are eligible, except for educational curriculum building and the performing arts (scholars of performing arts are eligible). The fellowship is open to scholars in the humanities who received, or will receive, their PhD between May 2020 and September 2025. Preference will be given to candidates not yet in tenure track positions whose proposals are interdisciplinary, who have not previously enjoyed use of the resources of the University of Pennsylvania, and who would particularly benefit from and contribute to Penn’s intellectual life.

The appointment is twelve months (July 1, 2025 – June 30, 2026) and carries a minimum stipend of $66,300 plus a $3000 research fund and discounted health insurance. Fellows teach one course during the year and collaborate on the planning of a symposium in addition to conducting their research.

For full fellowship guidelines, application instructions, and the Truth topic description: wolfhumanities.upenn.edu/postdoc. Please email Wolf Humanities Center Associate Director Sara Varney with questions.

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New England Medieval Consortium 2024: “Books and Transgressions”

New England Medieval Consortium 2024: “Books and Transgressions”
9 November 2024
Boston College
Chestnut Hill, MA
local organizing committee: Tina Montenegro and Eric Weiskott

This conference will provide an opportunity for medievalists working across a range of disciplines and geographic areas to join in conversation about premodern cultures of the book, boundary crossing, and the law and other normative cultural expressions. Given this year’s conference location at a Jesuit, Catholic university, and our keynote speakers, we particularly (but not exclusively) invite submissions focused on regions other than England, including the Middle East; language traditions other than English; and religious cultures.

We interpret “transgressions” broadly, including the notions of access, trespass, and desire.

Accordingly, we welcome papers from medievalists in any discipline, concerned with any region or polity of Europe, Asia, or Africa. Papers might consider any of the following subtopics, or others:

  • books whose form, content, or provenance is transgressive
  • textual cultures: books, authors, texts, audience expectations
  • the codification of law and law-books
  • transgression and sin in medieval philosophy and theology
  • etiquette, diplomacy, or cultural norms, or remediations or contestations of these in written texts
  • stylistic norms (e.g., poetic and rhetorical precepts) and their transgressions in writing or thevisual arts
  • modern theoretical or methodological approaches to medieval texts
  • vernacularity in literature, religion, or the visual arts as a mediation of cultural transgression
  • the transgressive potential of medieval studies in the present day
  • heterodoxy, heresy, or the function of the written word in regulating the boundaries of Orthodoxy

We invite abstracts for 20-minute papers. Please send abstracts of 300 words to medieval2024@gmail.com by 15 June 2024.

Our keynote speakers are Dr. Ariane Bottex-Ferragne and Dr. Ahmed El Shamsy. Professor Bottex-Ferragne is Assistant Professor of French at New York University. Her presentation is provisionally entitled “Rules of Transgression in Medieval Poetry: Lessons from a Forgotten Bestseller.” Professor El Shamsy is Professor of Islamic Thought at the University of Chicago. His presentation is provisionally entitled “Authors and their Audiences in Medieval Arabic Book Culture.”

The 2024 conference marks the quinquagenary (fiftieth anniversary) of the founding of the NEMC. As the conference returns to Boston College for the first time since 1981, we hope to make it an especially festive occasion. With our theme of “Books and Transgressions” and with our two invited keynotes, we also propose to expand, geographically, disciplinarily, linguistically, and conceptually, what “the Middle Ages” has signified to our colleagues and students.

Boston College is located in Chestnut Hill, MA, and is easily accessible by car, plane, or bus. To learn more about the campus and its environs, see

https://www.bc.edu/bc-web/about/maps-and-directions/directions.html.

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MAA News – From the President

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

It has been a tumultuous few months in the world, in the United States, and in the Medieval Academy as well. The officers (Hal, Peggy, and I), the Council, and Lisa have heard from members about a range of issues; those who have written to us have been both upset by and supportive of recent decisions and actions we have taken (or in some cases, not taken). We have tried to listen carefully and respectfully to all viewpoints and to respond as openly and thoughtfully as possible. Although it has been disquieting (though perhaps not surprising) to see that our membership is no less divided on controversial topics than the world at large, there are also distinctly encouraging aspects to our exchanges. All the correspondence and conversations I have been part of have been notably civil and respectful – that’s no mean feat, in contentious times! Our members’ varying points of view reflect the fact that the MAA is more diverse than ever before, including scholars and teachers with many different backgrounds, experiences, and employment situations. This can occasionally cause discomfort, but it is intellectually enriching as well as necessary for the future of the Academy and scholarship as a whole. Finally, and in my view most importantly, it is clear that we very much still embrace a shared project: all our members are committed to the study and teaching of the distant past and convinced of the value of humanistic scholarship.

This shared project – our widespread agreement on the value of medieval scholarship and pedagogy – has always been, and should continue to be, the focus of the MAA. For that reason, the officers and Council have agreed to revisit the structure and role of the Advocacy Committee – a process mandated at the time the committee was established three years ago. In addition, we have voted to issue a brief statement (see below) opposing the exclusion of scholars from academic events and endeavors on the basis of religion, race, ethnicity, or national affiliation, as counter to the MAA’s goal of fostering an environment of diversity, inclusion, and academic freedom for medievalists.

Meanwhile, work goes on! Over the summer I shall continue to pursue the three initiatives I mentioned in my last message – safeguarding the financial future of Speculum, helping CARA connect scholars and teachers with research and teaching resources, and organizing remote summer skills courses and workshops. In May Lisa and I held informational sessions for prospective applicants for the Speculum editorship; the search committee will begin to review applications after the July 15 deadline.

Finally, I would like to close with some nice news. The Program Committee for the 2025 Annual Meeting reports a high level of interest and excitement in response to the call for papers; I thank all the members, especially the committee co-chairs Sean Gilsdorf and Eilleen Sweeney, for their hard work. And our own Executive Director, Lisa Fagin Davis, has been elected Chair of the Executive Committee of the CEO (Committee of Executive Officers) of the ACLS, a sister organization even more committed to acronyms than the MAA. Congratulations to Lisa – we are proud of you! This makes me all the more pleased that Lisa and the officers have agreed to renew her contract as Executive Director for another five-year term.

I wish everyone a peaceful and (for those who want it) productive summer.

Sara Lipton

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MAA Statement on Academy Boycotts

In these difficult and divisive times, during which MAA members have disagreed, sometimes passionately, on current events, the Council and Officers would like to speak out regarding calls for academic boycotts. We wish to affirm that in keeping with our goal of fostering an environment of diversity, inclusion, and academic freedom for medievalists, the MAA supports scholars in the field of medieval studies regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, or nationality; and opposes the deployment of academic boycotts to exclude scholars on the basis of religion, race, ethnicity, or national affiliation. The MAA acknowledges feelings of fear, anger, and grief in our membership around these issues. We reaffirm the importance of distinguishing between individuals and their governments, the centrality of dialogue and engagement across differences, and our community’s shared responsibility for promoting these inclusive humanistic values. (approved by the MAA Council on 3 June 2024)

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MAA News – MAA Centennial Grants: 2nd Round of Applications

Are you planning an exhibit, symposium, performance, workshop, or other event in 2025, our Centennial year? Apply for a Centennial Grant!

In celebration of its upcoming 2025 Centennial, the Medieval Academy of America is pleased to announce a second round of funding for Centennial Grants of up to $5,000 each supporting the planning and implementation of local events and projects celebrating and promoting medieval studies in education and the arts. For performances and lectures, the event must be scheduled for 2025. Educational resources must be open access and meet the MAA’s Standards for Web Publication. Eight projects were funded in the first round and are described here. Applications for the second round (for which up to eight awards will be granted) must be submitted by 30 June 2024.

Click here for more information and to apply!

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