MAA News – Upcoming Deadlines

The Medieval Academy of America invites applications for the following grants. Please note that applicants must be members in good standing as of September 15 in order to be eligible for Medieval Academy awards.

Schallek Fellowship
The Schallek Fellowship provides a one-year grant of $30,000 to support Ph.D. dissertation research in any relevant discipline dealing with late-medieval Britain (ca. 1350-1500). (Deadline 15 October 2022)

Travel Grants
The Medieval Academy provides travel grants to help Academy members who hold doctorates but are not in full-time faculty positions, or are contingent faculty without access to institutional funding, attend conferences to present their work. (Deadline 1 November 2022 for meetings to be held between 16 February and 31 August 2023)

MAA/CARA Conference Grant
The MAA/CARA Conference Grant for Regional Associations and Programs awards $1,000 to help support a regional or consortial conference taking place in 2023. (Deadline 15 October 2022)

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MAA News – Call for Prize Submissions

The Medieval Academy of America invites submissions for the following prizes to be awarded at the 2023 MAA Annual Meeting. Submission instructions vary, but all dossiers must complete by 15 October 2022. The Medieval Academy warmly encourages the nomination of publications written by scholars working beyond the tenure track as well as those written by faculty.

PLEASE NOTE: because of the ongoing MAA office closure, PDF review copies of nominated books may be submitted instead of hardcopies (PDFs should be emailed to the Executive Director). In addition, the residency restrictions limiting eligibility for some book prizes to residents of North America have been lifted.

NEW: Monica H. Green Prize
Awarded to an exceptional project that demonstrates the value of medieval studies in our present day.

NEW: Jerome Singerman Prize
Awarded to a meritorious second monograph in the field of medieval studies.

Haskins Medal
Awarded to a distinguished monograph in the field of medieval studies.

Digital Humanities Prize
Awarded to an outstanding digital research project or resource in the field of medieval studies.

Karen Gould Prize
Awarded to a monograph of outstanding quality in medieval art history.

John Nicholas Brown Prize
Awarded to a first monograph of outstanding quality in the field of medieval studies.

Article Prize in Critical Race Studies
Awarded annually to an article in the field of medieval studies that explores questions of race and the medieval world, and which is judged by the selection committee to be of outstanding quality.

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MAA News – GSC Summer Mentorship Program

THE GSC SUMMER MENTORSHIP PROGRAM
DEADLINE TO REGISTER AS A MENTOR OR MENTEE:
Wednesday, August 10th

We are excited to launch the GSC Summer Mentorship Program. This special session of our program is designed as an opportunity for those who wish to participate in the Mentorship Program but who might be too busy with other obligations during medieval conferences or during the academic year.

The GSC Mentorship Program facilitates networking between graduate students or early career scholars and more established scholars by pairing students and scholars according to common interest or academic discipline.

Mentorship exchanges are intended to help students establish professional contacts with scholars who can offer them career advice. The primary objective of this exchange is for the relationship to be active during the the particular mentorship session in question, though mentors and mentees are encouraged to continue communicating at their discretion after the initial mentorship session has ended.

We have recorded an increased interest in the GSC Mentorship Program since it has been held virtually due to COVID-19 restrictions. We will do our best to match all those who register as a mentee with mentors; however, if need be, preference will be granted in order of form submission.

To volunteer as a mentor (faculty, librarians, curators, independent scholars) or to sign up as a mentee, please submit the online form, linked here, by Wednesday, August 10th.

On behalf of the committee, thank you and our best,
Mary M. Alcaro & Margaret Heeschen
2022-2023 Mentoring Program Coordinators

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Call for Papers – Kalamazoo 2023: CARA

CARA (the MAA Committee on Centers and Regional Associations) invites proposals for its two sponsored sessions at next year’s meeting of the International Congress on Medieval Studies at Kalamazoo, which will take place from 11-13 May 2023:

I. Cold Comforts: Fantasies and Fictions of the Medieval North

Scholars long have focused upon “the East” as a focus of the medieval European imaginary, and as the locus for various practices of Othering and exoticization. Such practices, however, were just as likely to be dis-oriented in the wider medieval world. We invite scholars of medieval Africa, Iberia, the Islamicate, as well as Byzantine and Latin Christendom to explore how the North served as what Le Goff has described as an “oneiric horizon” in the Middle Ages—a site of fantasy, fiction, and imagination—in historical, ethnographic, literary, and artistic discourses.

II. Making Medieval: The Potential and Pitfalls of Experiential Pedagogy in Medieval Studies (co-sponsored with TEAMS)

Moving beyond the traditional media of lectio and lectura, medievalists in a wide range of disciplines have integrated making, doing, and performance into their classroom practice and curricula. This roundtable invites colleagues working in K—12 as well as university settings to share their innovations, experiences, and insights about the role of “hands-on” activities and lesson plans in promoting and advancing their students’ engagement with and understanding of the Middle Ages, including (but not limited to) musical and dramatic performance, artistic and craft production, and experimental archeology.

We are pleased that both CARA-sponsored sessions will take place in a blended format, making it possible to participate either in person or virtually. Paper proposals, which are due by 15 September, may be submitted through the Congress’s website at https://wmich.edu/medievalcongress/submissions. If you have any questions, please contact CARA’s Chair, Sean Gilsdorf (gilsdorf@fas.harvard.edu).

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Jobs For Medievalists

Title: Postdoctoral Fellow

We seek a postdoctoral fellow with research experience in computational approaches to language and literature to work on a cross-institutional project to develop methods for the study of historical psychology in Latin texts. This is a one-year full-time position beginning in September 2022 and potentially renewable for one additional year. Besides regular meetings with the project PI, Joe Henrich (Harvard University, Culture, Cognition, and Coevolution Lab) and co-PI, Jonathan Schulz (George Mason University), the position will entail close collaboration with the Quantitative Criticism Lab, co-directed by Joseph Dexter (Harvard University). The aim of the project is to develop computational methods for the study of diachronic changes in psychology based on current research in the social sciences and developments in computational text analysis for Latin and other pre-modern languages. The work forms part of a larger multi-institutional project, funded by the Templeton Foundation, entitled “Religion, Family Structure and the Origins of Individual Freedom and Economic Prosperity.”

The successful applicant will join a cross-disciplinary, highly collaborative team of humanists, social scientists, and data scientists; this position will contribute to the team through research competence in historical languages and some experience in natural language processing, corpus linguistics, computational literary studies, digital humanities, or a related area. Experience in Latin language and literature is highly desirable; also desired but optional areas of experience include one or more of the following: cultural analytics, cultural evolution, history of ideas, lexicography. The fellow will have no teaching responsibilities.

A Ph.D. in a computational, statistical, linguistic, or literary field is required; possible disciplines include (but are not limited to) anthropology, applied mathematics, bioinformatics, classics, comparative literature, computer science, English, evolutionary biology, linguistics, and statistics. By the start date of the position, applicants should either have the Ph.D. in hand or be able to provide certification from their home institution that all degree requirements have been fulfilled.

The Culture, Cognition, and Coevolution Lab space is based at Harvard University; residence near Cambridge during the fellowship period is preferred but not required.

Applicants should submit the following materials by August 1:

– Cover letter describing their interest in the position and any relevant prior work

– C.V.

– Short (1-2 page) summary of past and current research interests, giving particular attention to any computational work, including link to GitHub or other online coding portfolio, if available

– Writing sample of not more than 30 pages

– Names and contact information of three referees (letters will be requested only for short-listed candidates)

Questions regarding the position may be directed to jdexter@fas.harvard.edu.

Harvard is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, creed, national origin, ancestry, age, protected veteran status, disability, genetic information, military service, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or other protected status.

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Call for Applications | Princeton University Postdoctoral Fellowships

The Society of Fellows at Princeton University, an interdisciplinary group of scholars in the humanities and social sciences, calls for fellowship applications annually. For the 2023-2026 competition, five fellowships will be awarded: Open Discipline (2 or 3), Humanistic Studies (1), Race and Ethnicity Studies (1), and East Asian Studies (1).

We hope you will encourage outstanding graduate students to apply—those now finishing their Ph.D., and those who received their degree after January 1, 2021. We seek a diverse and international pool of applicants and especially welcome candidates from underrepresented backgrounds. For more information and the online application please visit our website. The application deadline is August 2, 2022; letters of recommendation may be submitted until August 9.

Please find a link to our printable call for applications here.

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Call for Submissions: Metropolitan Museum Journal

The Editorial Board of the peer-reviewed Metropolitan Museum Journal invites submissions of original research on works of art in the Museum’s collection.

The Journal publishes Articles and Research Notes. All texts must take works of art in the collection as the point of departure. Articles contribute extensive and thoroughly argued scholarship, whereas research notes are often smaller in scope, focusing on a specific aspect of new research or presenting a significant finding from technical analysis. The maximum length for articles is 8,000 words (including endnotes) and 10–12 images, and for research notes 4,000 words with 4–6 images.

The process of peer review is double-anonymous. Manuscripts are reviewed by the Journal Editorial Board, composed of members of the curatorial, conserva­tion, and scientific departments, as well as external scholars.

Articles and Research Notes in the Journal appear both in print and online, and are accessible via MetPublications and the Journal‘s home page on the University of Chicago Press site.

The deadline for submissions for Volume 58 (2023) is September 15, 2022.

Submission guidelines: www.journals.uchicago.edu/journals/met/instruct

Please send materials to: journalsubmissions@metmuseum.org

Inspiration from the Collectionwww.metmuseum.org/art/collection

View the Journalhttp://www.journals.uchicago.edu/loi/met 

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MAA News – From the President

Who publishes in Speculum? The authors contributing articles to the July issue give a sense of the range of medievalists whose work is featured in our flagship journal. They include early career scholars—one a lecturer, the other an assistant professor—as well as seasoned researchers. They are international: one from Spain, two from Israel, two from the United States, and a US citizen who holds a faculty position in Europe. And their careers point to the diversity and strengths of our field.

Think they are all products of the Ivy League? Think again! Three of the four trained in North America earned their doctorates in public universities: Linda G. Jones earned her PhD at UC Santa Barbara, Yanay Israeli completed his at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, and Donald N. Tuten earned his at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Pamela A. Patton did her doctoral work at Boston University. Scorecard: Ivys 0, non-Ivys 4.

Two have a particular dedication to teaching Spanish in all its forms. Tuten and his co-author María Jesús Torrens-Álvarez’s contribution to Speculum is a good example of their valorization of language as a living, changing medium. They use the Latin-Romance hybrid documents of an early thirteenth-century scribe in Burgos to argue that he and his peers worked within a monolingual culture characterized by spectroglossia that developed in response to significant socio-cultural changes. Torrens-Álvarez also contributed to a public digital-humanities project mapping diachronically the development of Spanish in Madrid (ALDICAM) and Tuten has edited five editions of the intermediate Spanish textbook, Fuentes: Lectura y redaccion, which highlights Hispanic cultures and societies. Their collaboration developed from reading one another’s work and meeting for deeper conversations at conferences.

Collaborative research is also showcased in the article opening this themed issue. Yosi Yisraeli and Yanay Israeli met for coffee when both arrived at Hebrew University, Yosi on a post-doc and Yanay as a new assistant professor. It didn’t take long for them to discover that they were both working on use of the term converso/neophyte in medieval Iberia, but in very different kinds of sources. That conversation over coffee led to a friendship as well as their article. Their contribution leverages the range of sources each commands to recover fifteenth-century debates over the meaning of the category “converso.” In their nuanced analysis of this term’s contestation, they link broader interpretations of the meaning of conversion to deployments of this fraught label. Over the course of their collaboration Yosi has advanced to lecturer at Bar-Ilan University and Yanay is in transition this summer from Hebrew University to a new position as assistant professor of History and Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan.

The diverse and non-linear paths of Speculum authors also highlights the many ways medievalists prove their indispensability. Pamela A. Patton began her career in a split position, half-time as a Curator of Spanish Art at the Meadows Museum and half-time as an assistant professor in art history at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. She went on to teach full-time, rising through the ranks until she chaired her department at SMU. She now directs the Index of Medieval Art at Princeton. Her article on the depiction of enslaved people in late medieval Iberian manuscripts reveals how iconographical research is still a potent tool in exploring ideas and the ideological work that images accomplish. Torrens-Álvarez also left full-time teaching to direct scholarly projects. She is Senior Scientist (Científica Titular) at Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) in Madrid where she oversees a project on the linguistic development of northern Castilian over the Middle Ages.

The issue also highlights opportunities for Americans abroad. Linda G. Jones is a UC all-star: after completing a B.A. and M.A. in Arabic and Islamic Studies at Berkeley, she worked in New York publishing houses and in the non-profit sector (Amnesty International) before returning to the UC to earn both an M.A. and Ph.D. in Religious Studies at Santa Barbara. Early in her career, Dr. Jones welcomed opportunities to collaborate with Spanish scholars on research projects; perseverance and the relationships she built led to the faculty position she holds now as Professor of Medieval History and Islamic Studies at Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona. Her article in July’s Speculum is a comparative study of Muslim and Christian hegemonic masculinities through the evidence of two twelfth-century Iberian dynastic chronicles. She explores the roles of religion and status in constituting masculinities with particular attention to relations between sovereigns, their allies. and their foes.

Want to learn more? Register HERE for the free Speculum Webinar on “Emerging Issues in Medieval Iberian Studies,” 25 August 12 noon to 3:30 pm EDT. All the contributing authors will give 10-minute TED-style presentations of their articles and answer your questions in the Q&A session. If you can’t make the day and time, look for the recording on the Academy’s YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJ3CMBjLL-vGjldC6fXPn9w

Finally, congratulations to our authors and to the entire Speculum team on the publication of this superb thematic issue!

Maureen C. Miller
President, Medieval Academy of America

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MAA News – Latest Issue of Speculum is Now Available Online

The latest issue of Speculum is now available on the University of Chicago Press Journals website.

To access your members-only journal subscription, log in to the MAA website using your username and password associated with your membership (contact us at info@themedievalacademy.org if you have forgotten either), and choose “Speculum Online” from the “Speculum” menu. As a reminder, your MAA membership provides exclusive online access to the full run of Speculum in full text, PDF, and e-Book editions – at no additional charge.

Speculum, Volume 97, Number 3 (July 2022) | Emerging Issues in Medieval Iberian Studies

Articles

Defining “Conversos” in Fifteenth-Century Castile: The Making of a Controversial Category
Yosi Yisraeli and Yanay Israeli

What Did Medieval Slavery Look Like? Color, Race, and Unfreedom in Later Medieval Iberia
Pamela A. Patton

From “Latin” to the Vernacular: Latin-Romance Hybridity, Scribal Competence, and Social Transformation in Medieval Castile
María Jesús Torrens-Álvarez and Donald N. Tuten

Representations of Hegemonic Masculinities in Medieval Leonese-Castilian and Almohad Chronicles
Linda G. Jones

Book Reviews
This issue of Speculum features more than 75 book reviews, including:

Jacopo Bisagni, ed., “Amrae Coluimb Chille”: A Critical Edition
Reviewed by Christina Cleary

Caroline Walker Bynum, Dissimilar Similitudes: Devotional Objects in Late Medieval Europe
Reviewed by Wei-Cheng Lin

Rita Copeland, ed., The Oxford History of Classical Reception in English Literature. Vol. 1, 800–1558
Reviewed by Larry Scanlon

Shirin Fozi and Gerhard Lutz, eds., Christ on the Cross: The Boston Crucifix and the Rise of Monumental Wood Sculpture, 970–1200
Reviewed by Thomas Dale

Jeffrey F. Hamburger, Diagramming Devotion: Berthold of Nuremberg’s Transformation of Hrabanus Maurus’s Poems in Praise of the Cross
Reviewed by Benjamin Anderson

Samantha Kelly, ed., A Companion to Medieval Ethiopia and Eritrea
Reviewed by Habtamu Tegegne

Lars Kjær, The Medieval Gift and the Classical Tradition: Ideals and Performance of Generosity in Medieval England, 1100–1300
Reviewed by Hugh M. Thomas

Angeliki Lymberopoulou, ed., Hell in the Byzantine World: A History of Art and Religion in Venetian Crete and the Eastern Mediterranean
Reviewed by Vasileios Marinis

Outi Merisalo, Miika Kuha, and Susanna Niiranen, eds., Transmission of Knowledge in the Late Middle Ages and the Renaissance
Reviewed by Gian Mario Cao

Sara Ritchey, Acts of Care: Recovering Women in Late Medieval Health
Reviewed by Tory V. Pearman

Katherine Allen Smith, The Bible and Crusade Narrative in the Twelfth Century
Reviewed by Beth C. Spacey

MAA members also receive a 30% discount on all books and e-Books published by the University of Chicago Press, and a 20% discount on individual Chicago Manual of Style Online subscriptions. To access your discount code, log in to your MAA account, and click here. Please include this code while checking out from the University of Chicago Press website.

Sincerely,
The Medieval Academy of America

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MAA News – MAA @ Leeds

If you’re going to be at the Leeds International Medieval Congress this year, please join us on Tuesday, 5 July, 19.00-20.00 for the Annual Medieval Academy of America Lecture: Carol Symes (Dept. of History, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign): “Médiévistes sans frontières – Shifting Medieval Boundaries at Multiple Scales”

Afterwards, join Prof. Symes and MAA governance and staff members for the Medieval Academy’s open-bar wine reception.

The Medieval Academy’s Graduate Student Committee roundtable, “Gatekeeping the Middle Ages: Accessing, Congrolling, and Disseminating the Medieval Past in the Modern World,” will take place on Monday, 4 July, from 19.00-20:00.

We hope to see you there!

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