MAA News – From the Executive Director

Dear Fellow Medievalists,

Greetings! Whether you are working, teaching, and/or learning, remotely or in person, I hope you are safe and healthy.

There’s a lot going on at the Medieval Academy right now. Later this week, we will open the Council Special Election to fill an empty seat on our governing Board. Please watch for that email from me and follow the link in the message to read about the candidates and cast your vote. The Council will soon be discussing and implementing major changes to our governance and committee policies, and so your participation in the Special Election is extremely important. The regular Governance Election will open in a few weeks, so watch your inbox for that message as well.

You will already have received a message from Barbara Rosenwein, President of the Fellows, inviting you to submit nominations for the 2022 Class of MAA Fellows. That call is repeated below. Please note that the nominations must be submitted in compliance with the new procedures recently approved by the Fellows that are designed to facilitate the promotion of candidates in a more fulsome and descriptive way. The number of Fellows will be gradually increased from 125 to 150 in the coming years, an expansion that will allow us to honor more medievalists from a broader range of demographics, professional roles, and specializations.

Below, you will also find the call for nominations for our two annual CARA Prizes: the CARA Award for Excellence in Teaching and the Kindrick-CARA Award for Service to Medieval Studies. We are well into Book Prize nomination season and are soliciting submissions for our six publication prizes (see below): the Haskins Medal, the Digital Humanities Prize, the John Nicholas Brown Prize, the Karen Gould Prize, the Article Prize in Critical Race Studies, and the Van Courtlandt Elliott Prize (nominations for the inaugural Monica H. Green Prize will be solicited in 2022). Several of our major grants have upcoming deadlines, including the Schallek Fellowship, the Inclusivity & Diversity Research Grant, and the Birgit Baldwin Fellowship. Finally, we will soon be posting updates about the program and plans for the 2022 Annual Meeting at the University of Virginia.

Membership renewal notices for 2022 will be in the mail soon. We hope you will renew your membership for 2022 and continue your valued relationship with the MAA. We also welcome donations to the General Fund or any of our special endowed funds, all of which support members and programming. Thank you for your support!

The MAA office staff is continuing to work remotely, as COVID cases are on the rise in Boston. Wherever you are, we hope you are well and that you are doing what you need to do to keep yourself, your household, and your community safe.

As always, please feel free to reach out to me with any concerns or questions about the Academy and our activities.

– Lisa

Lisa Fagin Davis
Executive Director, Medieval Academy of America

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