MAA News – 2016 International Medieval Congress, Univ. of Leeds

treharneThe 2016 Medieval Academy Annual Lecture at the Leeds International Medieval Congress was presented by Elaine Treharne (Stanford University), titled “Manuscript Edges, Marginal Time: Why Medieval Matters.” An abstract is online here.

In a thought-provoking presentation that found connections between newly-announced discoveries, the FemFog conversations, and the Brexit vote, among other issues, Treharne demonstrated the importance of considering all of the evidence presented to us – material and textual, obvious and obscure – in the critical and ongoing effort to find traces of the marginalized and give them a voice, whether in a medieval manuscript, academia, or society at large.

The lecture was very well-attended and -received, and was followed by a crowded and lively Medieval Academy reception. If you missed it, we hope you will be able to join us next year. Our thanks to the Leeds Program Committee (chaired this year by Helen Fulton (Univ. of Bristol)) for inviting Prof. Treharne to address the Congress.

The Graduate Student Committee roundtable “More Famine than Feast?: Preparing for the Academic Job Search” was a standing-room-only session, in the wake and uncertainty of the Brexit vote. Participants prepared and distributed much useful information about the UK and EU job markets; this material will soon be available on the Medieval Academy website. The GSC reception afterwards continued the discussions.

Finally, the GSC arranged eleven mentoring “matches” between students and faculty at this year’s IMC. The mentoring program has been a great success and continues to grow every year. Please watch for announcements of the 2017 mentoring program and take advantage of this opportunity at the Medieval Academy Annual Meeting, Kalamazoo, and Leeds.

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