Olivia Remie Constable Fund

Dear colleagues,

The friends and family of Olivia Remie Constable invite you to join them in establishing the Olivia Remie Constable Award for junior, adjunct and unaffiliated scholars, to be presented annually in her memory.

Remie was the director of the Medieval Institute at the University of Notre Dame and a Fellow of the Medieval Academy of America who died in April 2014 in the prime of her life and distinguished career. A scholar and teacher specializing in the fields of interactions between medieval Christians, Muslims and Jews; the Mediterranean world; economic and social history; the history of medieval cities and urban life; and medieval Spain, Remie held a prominent place in Medieval Studies.

Remie was a consummate scholar who was aware that gaps in funding exist for emerging scholars. The Constable Award, which will be administered by the Medieval Academy of America, will be awarded annually to an emerging junior faculty member, adjunct or unaffiliated scholar (broadly understood: post-doctoral, pre-tenure) for research and travel. The award is meant to reflect the high standards of Remie’s scholarship as well as her broader interdisciplinary interests in Medieval Studies (as exemplified by her teaching, her leadership, and her service to the discipline). Remie’s family agree that this award will be an appropriate and effective way to honor her memory.

The Olivia Remie Constable Award will be granted on the basis of the quality of applicants’ proposed projects and estimations of the ways in which an award will facilitate their research. The Award may be used to fund travel to archives or scholarly conferences; for acquiring copies of documents; to pay for images, equipment, hardware, software, or digital access; and/or to purchase library privileges if necessary.  Preference will go to scholars and teachers who have limited or no institutional support. The Medieval Academy will establish a committee to adjudicate the Constable Award, of which at least one member will be a junior scholar not on a tenure track.

A special donation site has been set up here:


Donations may also be sent by check to:

The Olivia Remie Constable Fund
Medieval Academy of America
17 Dunster St., Suite 202
Cambridge, MA 02138

With your help, the Olivia Remie Constable Award will soon be permanently endowed. We look forward to announcing the first Awardee at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the Medieval Academy at the University of Notre Dame next March.

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