CARA News – University of Michigan Medieval and Early Modern Studies

University of Michigan Medieval and Early Modern Studies
1029 Tisch, 435 S. State Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1003

Program Associate: Olivia Evans (history-ssa@umich.edu)

Faculty Contact, 2023-2025: Erin Brightwell (elbright@umich.edu)
Asian Languages and Cultures, University of Michigan

For further information about programs, degrees, and affiliated faculty, please visit our website: www.lsa.umich.edu/mems/

Lectures and Events:

During the 2023-2024 year, lecturers/presenters from MEMS affiliated events included U-M graduate students Julia La Placa (History of Art), Katherine Tapie (Comparative Literature), Madeline Fox (English), Adam Grant (Romance Languages and Literatures), Nessa Higginson (History of Art), and Allison Grenda (History of Art), as well as faculty members Sangseraima Ujeed (Asian Languages and Cultures), Kevin Carr (History of Art), Juhn Ahn (Asian Languages and Cultures), Scott Larson (American Cultures), Cameron Cross (Middle East Studies), Tina Bawden (History of Art), and Susanne Huber (History of Art). Outside speakers included Nazanin Heydayat Munroe (City University of New York), Rowan Dorin (Stanford University), Yanna Yannakakis (Emory University), and Emily Price (Newcastle University).

Talks given through our MEMS Lecture Series included “Sufi Lovers, Safavid Silks, and Early Modern Identity” (OCT), “Mass Expulsion in Medieval Europe” (JAN), “Since Time Immemorial: Managing Difference through Custom from Medieval Iberia to Colonial Mexico” (MAR). A special lecture was given by Emily Price, entitled “‘Would you be served such meat for your supper?’: Consumption and Conversation in the Early Modern Atlantic World” (MAY).

This year, MEMS ran its first “New Books Tea” to celebrate newly published MEMS faculty scholarship. Featured authors were David Brick (Asian Languages and Cultures), Catherine Brown (Residential College and Comparative Literature), Cameron Cross (Middle East Studies), SE Kile (Asian Languages and Cultures), Christian de Pee (History), Helmut Puff (History, German, and Women’s Studies), and Louise Stein (SMTD).

Also new this year is the Manuscript Studies Interest Group. Founded by faculty members Tina Bawden (History of Art) and Trent Walker (Asian Languages and Cultures), the group is housed in MEMS, where it is devoted to collaborating across disciplines and facilitating research among different manuscript traditions.

As usual we supported meetings of the Premodern Colloquium on the following topics: “The White Crane of Alagśa: Lost Lives of the Sixth Dalai Lama in Mongolia”;  “Bokuseki as Bodily Relic: Embodying Lineage and Enlightenment through Ink Traces in Medieval Japanese Zen”; “Koryŏ’s Economy: Draft Chapter for the Cambridge History of Korea—Koryŏ”;  “Rantings of a Diseased Mind: Madness and Enthusiastic Sensations in 18th-Century Religious Cultures”; “Call Him Diyanus in Greek! The Correlating of Pagan and Islamic Knowledge in ʿUnsurī’s Vāmiq-u ʿAzrā”; “Contingent Touch: Sensual Encounters in a Late Medieval Health Manuscript.”

Annual Budget: $34,000

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DEADLINE EXTENDED to June 7th: 2024-2025 SIMS Visiting Research Fellowship Call for Applications

The Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies (SIMS) is extending the call for applications to the 2024-2025 Visiting Research Fellowship program. Applications are now due June 7th, 2024. 

Guided by the vision of its founders, Lawrence J. Schoenberg and Barbara Brizdle Schoenberg, SIMS aims to bring manuscript culture, modern technology, and people together to provide access to and understanding of our shared intellectual heritage. Part of the Penn Libraries, SIMS oversees an extensive collection of premodern manuscripts from around the world, with a special focus on the history of philosophy and science, and creates open-access digital content to support the study of its collections.

Fellowships are open to scholars living outside of the greater Philadelphia area whose research would benefit from direct access to our collections and staff expertise in manuscript studies and the digital humanities. Applicants must have completed a Ph.D. or an equivalent professional degree by the time the fellowship begins. The fellowship offers $5000 to spend 1 month (minimum of 4 work weeks) at SIMS between July 1, 2024, and June 30, 2025. Up to 3 fellowships will be awarded this year. For more information and to apply, please visit https://schoenberginstitute.org/visiting-research-fellowships.

Applications are now due Monday, June 7th, 2024.

Feel free to contact Lynn Ransom, Curator of Programs, at lransom@upenn.edu with any questions and to circulate this announcement widely.

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Call for Applications – School of Historical Studies, Institute for Advanced Study

Call for Applications: 2025-26 Membership 

The Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) is an independent, private institution founded in 1930 to create a community of scholars focused on intellectual inquiry, free from teaching and other university obligations. Each year scholars from around the world apply to pursue their own research at the Institute. Members receive access to the extensive resources of the Institute, including offices, libraries, subsidized dining and housing facilities, and some administrative assistance.

The School of Historical Studies supports scholarship in all fields of historical research but is concerned principally with the history of western, near eastern and Asian civilizations, with particular emphasis upon the Greek and Roman world, the history of Europe (medieval, early modern, and modern), the Islamic world, East Asian studies, art history, history of science, and musicology.

Application Deadline: October 15, 2024

Dates of Membership:
Term I: September 22 – December 19, 2025         Term II: January 12 – April 10, 2026

Eligibility Requirements: 

  • Applicants must hold a Ph.D. or equivalent, awarded no later than December 31, 2023.
  • Scholars are expected to reside at the Institute for Advanced Study or in the Princeton area during the term(s) of their Membership.

Application Requirements 

  • A completed online application
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Research proposal (maximum 1,500 words)
  • One-page bibliography related to your proposal
  • PDF files of three publications, in print, from peer-reviewed sources
  • Two reference letters (only required for applicants who received their Ph.D. in the last five years)

Funding Information and More: 

The School of Historical Studies generally offers stipends of a maximum of $80,000 for the full academic year, and $40,000 for a single term. The Institute will also provide a limited reimbursement for travel expenses to incoming Members from outside the Princeton area.

Scholars who have received their Ph.D. no earlier than January 2018 and are currently Assistant Professors at a college or university in the U.S. or Canada may also simultaneously apply online to the Mellon Fellowship for Assistant Professors.

Short-term Visitorships for less than a full term and no stipend are also available ad-hoc. To inquire about a Visitorship opportunity, contact the Administrative Officer at  HSao@ias.edu.

Visit ias.edu/hs/membership for more information.  For all other inquiries, email hsappquery@ias.edu.

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Call for Papers – Gender, Identity, and Authority in Late Antiquity

Gender, Identity, and Authority in Late Antiquity

March 20-23, 2025

The Society for Late Antiquity is pleased to announce the sixteenth biennial meeting of Shifting Frontiers in Late Antiquity, which will be held at The University of Tulsa, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. We encourage papers that investigate issues and aspects of gender, identity, and/or authority within the broader late antique world, either in relation to one another or on their own. This thematic scope is intentionally broad, allowing for many different approaches and from a host of disciplines and methodologies. Gender, for example, might include the impact of religion or other factors on ideas of the family, sex, and sexuality, understandings of the nature of gender differences, or conceptions of identity and authority in relationship to the gendered or genderless self or other. Likewise, identity might focus on its self-perception or ascription by others, its potential to be malleable, situational, or contested, or its various components, like ethnicity, political allegiance, religious affiliation, or class. Finally, authority might interrogate its attribution to or expectation for a particular person (e.g., an empress or saint), place (e.g., Rome), or thing (e.g., a text or creed), the mechanisms for its attainment or rejection, such as tradition, merit, or force, or its realization of lack thereof, either as an actual fact or ideal.

Abstracts (no more than 500 words) for papers presenting original scholarship should be submitted for consideration no later than October 1, 2024.

Conference website: https://sites.utulsa.edu/shiftingfrontiersxvi/

Conference email: shiftingfrontiersxvi@gmail.com

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Fellowships 2024-2025 for Study or Research in Belgium

The Belgian American Educational Foundation (BAEF) encourages applications for fellowships for advanced study or research during the academic year 2024-2025, at a Belgian university or institution of higher learning.

The BAEF will award up to eleven fellowships as outright non-renewable grants carrying a stipend of
$ 29,000 for Master’s or Ph.D. students
$ 33,000 for Post-doctoral Fellows.

BAEF fellowships 2024-2025 can be initiated between July 1, 2024 and December 31, 2024. Fellows should be in residence in Belgium during the tenure of their fellowship and stay for a period of 12 months. If the Fellow chooses to remain in Belgium for less than 12 months, the stipend will be prorated accordingly. The minimum fellowship period is 6 months.

In addition to the stipend, the Foundation will defray the cost of health insurance in Belgium through its group policy. No additional financial aid is to be expected.

Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States.

Applicants must

  • Either at the time of application be registered in a Ph.D. or equivalent degree program in the United States,
  • Or while holding the BAEF fellowship register in a graduate program (Master’s or Ph.D.)in Belgium,
  • Or hold a Master’s, Ph.D., or equivalent degree. Post-doctoral applicants should by July 1, 2024 have no more than 2 years of research experience since obtaining their Ph.D. degree.

Knowledge of Dutch, or French, or German is optional.

Applicants should make their own arrangements to register or affiliate with a Belgian university or research institution.

Application forms can be downloaded from the BAEF website at: http://www.baef.us

In addition to a completed application form, applicants must furnish undergraduate and graduate transcripts, a brief autobiographical statement, a statement of purpose, and 3 letters of recommendation.

Completed applications for the 2024-2025 fellowships must be submitted as electronic documents in pdf format attached to an email sent no later than October 31, 2023 to emile.boulpaep@yale.edu Letters of recommendation should be submitted by the recommenders separately to emile.boulpaep@yale.edu

For additional information contact the Foundation at the above address or email: emile.boulpaep@yale.edu

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Expand Your Understanding of Rare Books: Enroll in Summer Classes Today!

Expand your understanding of book history during a Rare Book School course this summer! Our five-day intensive courses on the history of manuscript, print, and digital materials will be offered online and in person at the University of Virginia and other partner institutions.  

Among our forty-two courses, we are pleased to offer several pertinent to those involved in medieval & Renaissance studies. The following is a sample of the breadth of the RBS offerings:

B-65 English Bookbindings, 1450–1850, taught by David Pearson (Research Fellow at the University of London’s Institute of English Studies)  

M-20 Seminar in Western Codicology, taught by M. Michèle Mulchahey (Holder of the Leonard E. Boyle Chair in Manuscript Studies at the Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies)  

— M-105v Using Digitized Manuscripts, taught by Dot Porter (Curator of Digital Research Services at the Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies)  

Applications received will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Visit our website at www.rarebookschool.org for course details, instructions for applying, and evaluations from past students. Contact us at rbsprograms@virginia.edu with questions.  

We hope to see you at Rare Book School soon!  

With kindest regards,
The RBS Programs Team  

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AHA Statement on 2024 Campus Protests

To the Members of the Medieval Academy of America,

The American Historical Association has issued a statement “deplor[ing] recent decisions among college and university administrators to draw on local and state police forces to evict peaceful demonstrators.” Our Advocacy Committee has voted to co-sign this statement on behalf of the MAA, per their remit. The statement may be found in full here:

https://www.historians.org/news-and-advocacy/aha-advocacy/aha-statement-on-2024-campus-protests-(may-2024)

Past statements issued by the Advocacy Committee on behalf of the Medieval Academy of America may be found here.

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MAA News – Call for Papers: The Medieval Academy at 100

The 2025 Annual Meeting of the Medieval Academy of America
Harvard University, Cambridge MA
20-22 March 2025

The Centennial Meeting of the Medieval Academy of America will take place on the campus of Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, hosted by Harvard University, Boston College, Boston University, Brandeis University, Fitchburg State University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stonehill College, Tufts University, and Wellesley College. While the conference will take place in person, the plenary lectures and some other events also will be live streamed. Plenary addresses will be delivered by Kristina Richardson (Professor of History and Middle Eastern and South Asian Languages and Cultures, University of Virginia), Sara Lipton (Incoming President of the Medieval Academy of America and Professor of History, Stony Brook University), and Wendy Belcher (Professor of Comparative Literature and African American Studies, Princeton University). The Annual Meeting will be followed by the Sunday annual meeting of the Medieval Academy’s Committee on Centers and Regional Associations (CARA).

The conference sessions, receptions, and pre-conference programs will take place at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The Harvard campus is accessible by taxi and public transit from Boston’s Logan Airport as well as from the South and Back Bay Amtrak stations. In addition to Harvard’s own museums and libraries, visitors can take advantage of greater Boston’s rich dining, entertainment, and cultural resources, including the Museum of Fine Arts, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and the Boston Public Library, all easily reached by the MBTA subway from Harvard Square.

Click here for additional information and the full Call for Papers

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MAA News – Editor of Speculum Call for Applications

With the retirement of Editor Katherine Jansen forthcoming in 2025, the Medieval Academy of America seeks to appoint an Editor, or co-Editors, for Speculum.

The position is configured as part-time, requiring between 20 and 30 hours per week, with some seasonal variation. The Editor is appointed for a five-year term, subject to acceptable yearly performance reviews, with the possibility of a second five-year term by mutual agreement. The Editor should be an established scholar with academic credentials in some field(s) of medieval studies, broadly defined, with demonstrated organizational and decision-making skills. Experience in journal, book, or series editing will be helpful but not necessary. The term of appointment begins in January of 2025. Terms and conditions are to be negotiated. Please note: the MAA does not offer remuneration for this position, aside from a summer stipend if the Editor is a faculty member, although the MAA may be able to continue offering support for otherwise staffing the journal (currently a Managing Editor and Associate Editor). It is understood that the Editor will negotiate terms of support with a host institution and these terms should be explicitly described as part of the application dossier. Interested parties should plan to attend an online information session in late May; details will be announced soon.

Follow these links for the full announcement and job description.

Announcement: https://www.themedievalacademyblog.org/editor-of-speculum-call-for-applications/

Job Description and Application Portal: https://www.medievalacademy.org/general/custom.asp?page=EdJobDescription

Questions should be addressed to EditorSearch@TheMedievalAcademy.org

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MAA News – Speculum Editor Position Information Sessions

We are very pleased to invite anyone interested in submitting a proposal to serve as the next Editor of Speculum to sign up for a private 30-minute informational meeting with President Sara Lipton, Executive Director Lisa Fagin Davis, and other members of the Search Committee. We will provide some background on the history of the Editor position and the complex series of agreements and MOUs governing our relationship with the Catholic University of America (the home of our current editor Katherine Jansen) and our publisher (the University of Chicago Press), as well as lay out the financial parameters of the position and explain the current compensatory model for the Editor and Speculum staff. We would like to note that there is some flexibility in how MAA funds designated for the support of Speculum may be allocated, though the total amount of those funds is fixed according to the MAA budget.

Informational meetings may be scheduled for Tuesday, 14 May between 3 and 5 PM; or for Wednesday, 15 May between 10:30 AM and 12:30 PM (all times US Eastern).

We invite all who are seriously considering submitting a proposal to sign up for a timeslot using the link below (names will not be visible to others):

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0B4BA4A92AABFBC70-49063568-speculum

We will send the Zoom link for participants in the coming weeks.

We look forward to meeting with all prospective applicants soon. If you are unable to schedule a meeting for either 14 or 15 May, please email the Search Committee <EditorSearch@themedievalacademy.org> and we will work with you to schedule another time to meet.

Sara Lipton, President and Search Committee Chair

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