The Medieval Academy of America had a strong presence at the International Medieval Congress at Leeds this year, with a contingent that included President Ruth Mazo Karras, several Councilors, the Executive Director, and, as always, several dozen MAA members. Our plenarist, Aden Kumler (Univ. of Chicago), delivered a brilliant and well-attended lecture on Tuesday night that drew on the Congress theme “Materiality” and left the audience with much to discuss and ponder. The lecture was followed by a convivial reception. Join us next year, when our plenarist will be Carol Symes (The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign).
The Graduate Student Committee of the MAA helped make professional development inside and outside of academia for graduate students and early career scholars a central discussion at Leeds this year. The Mentoring Program was a success with thirty-three pairings of graduate student and early career mentees with more senior mentors. Meanwhile, the GSC organized a lively round table discussion titled “How to Sell your Post-Graduate Degree in Medieval Studies Outside the Tenure Track Job Market” which nearly thirty graduate student and early career scholars attended. On the evening of July 2nd, the GSC hosted a reception at the university Old Bar where graduate students and early career scholars were able to meet and mingle as they enjoyed watching the U.S. v. England Women’s Wold Cup semifinal together.