MAA News – From the Executive Director: 2023 Annual Meeting

Publication Prizewinners with President Maureen Miller

What a joy it was to gather in Washington, DC last week with more than 500 friends and colleagues! This year’s Annual Meeting was remarkable in so many ways: the number of attendees, the breadth of programming, the demographic and professional diversity of the presenters, and the noteworthy field trips to DC-area collections. The gathering included visits to Dumbarton Oaks and the Textile Museum, a textile workshop at The Avenir Center, the inaugural day-long Digital Medieval Studies Institute, and sessions at the National Gallery of Art (“Curating Global Medieval Art”) and the Library of Congress (“Fragmentology”). The closing reception was a jubilant gathering at the National Museum of Asian Art, with curators on hand to answer questions and guide us through the galleries.

The plenaries all engaged, in various ways, with issues of indigeneity and cross-cultural contact, beginning with Kiros A.B. Auld’s Land Acknowledgement that took us beyond platitudes and towards action (click here to learn more about the Indigenous Lands Project). The Land Acknowledgement can be found in the online program. President Maureen Miller’s plenary will be published in the July 2023 issue of Speculum.

Newly-inducted Fellows of the MAA with the Fellows Officers

I want to take this opportunity to thank Program Committee Chairs Jennifer Davis and Laura Morreale for their work organizing and implementing this very complex meeting, along with the Program Committee, the team of volunteers (led by Lilla Kopár, Sam Collins, and the MAA’s own Christopher Cole) and the many DC-area institutions and departments who supported this event. I would also like to thank Maureen Miller for her service as President and welcome incoming President Robin Fleming.

We look forward to seeing you at the University of Notre Dame in 2024 for the 99th Annual Meeting of the Medieval Academy of America!

Lisa Fagin Davis, Executive Director

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MAA News – 2024 Annual Meeting Call for Papers

99th Annual Meeting of the Medieval Academy of America
University of Notre Dame
14-16 March 2024

The 99th Annual Meeting of the Medieval Academy of America will take place on the campus of the University of Notre Dame (South Bend, Indiana). The meeting is hosted by The Medieval Institute, St. Mary’s College, Holy Cross College, and Indiana University, South Bend.

The Program Committee invites proposals for papers on all topics and in all disciplines and periods of medieval studies. Any member of the Medieval Academy may submit a paper proposal; others may submit proposals as well but must become members in order to present papers at the meeting. Special consideration can be given to individuals whose specialty would not normally involve membership in the Medieval Academy.

Conference themes include Mapping the Middle Ages; Bodies in Motion; and Communities of Knowledge. In addition, we welcome innovative proposals that cross traditional disciplinary boundaries or that use various disciplinary approaches to examine an individual topic. We encourage papers on Asia, Africa, the Middle East, or Eastern Europe and the networks and exchanges between East and West.

See this page for more information and the full Call for Papers:

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MAA News – Fellows Research Awards

We are very pleased to announce the inaugural Fellows Research Awards. Supported entirely by donations from the Fellows of the Medieval Academy of America, the Fellows Fund will support two annual awards for members of the Medieval Academy who do not have access to research funding. Two awards of $5,000 will be granted annually to Ph.D. candidates and/or non-tenure-track scholars to support research in medieval studies. The awards will help fund travel and/or access expenses to consult original sources, archives, manuscripts, works of art, or monuments in situ. Applicants must be members of the Medieval Academy of America by Sept. 15 of the year in which they apply.

To apply for a Fellows Research Award, submit the application form and attachment by October 1, 2023. Awards will be announced at the 2024 Medieval Academy annual meeting. Click here for more information and to apply.

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MAA News – CARA Summer Tuition Scholarships

The MAA/CARA Summer Scholarships support graduate students and especially promising undergraduate students participating in summer courses in medieval languages or manuscript studies. Applicants must be members of the Medieval Academy in good standing with at least one year of graduate school remaining and must demonstrate both the importance of the summer course to their program of study and their home institution’s inability to offer analogous coursework. Click here for more information.

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MAA News – The Medieval Academy Book Subvention Program

The Medieval Academy Book Subvention Program provides grants of up to $2,500 to university or other non-profit scholarly presses to support the publication of first books by Medieval Academy members. Click here for more information.

The Medieval Academy Inclusivity and Diversity Book Subvention Program provides subventions of up to $5000 to university or other non-profit scholarly presses to support the publication of books that contribute to diversity and inclusion in the field of Medieval Studies (broadly conceived) by Medieval Academy members. Click here for more information.

Applications for subventions will be accepted only from the publisher and only for books that have already been approved for publication. Eligible Academy members who wish to have their books considered for a subvention should ask their publishers to apply directly to the Academy, following the guidelines outlined on the relevant webpage. The deadline for proposals is 1 May 2023.

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MAA News – Race and Gender Working Group

The next online meeting of the MAA’s Race and Gender Working Group will take place on March 24 from noon – 1:30pm EST. Roland Betancourt (Professor of Art History, University of California, Irvine) will speak on “The Case of Manuel I Komnenos: Articulating Identity through Gender, Sexuality, and Racialization.” Dr. Heather Badamo, University of California, Santa Barbara will be the respondent. Click here for more information and to register.

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MAA News – Disability Studies Webinar

Join us on Wednesday, April 12, 3:00 to 4:30 pm for Medieval Crip Theory: New Approaches and Provocations, sponsored by the MAA’s Inclusivity and Diversity Committee.

This Webinar will explore and present new research on disability studies and the Middle Ages. The speakers are:

Richard H. Godden (Louisiana State University), “Cripping Langland’s Will”

Leah Parker (University of Southern Mississippi), “Eschatologies of Disability / Crip Eschatologies”

Tory V. Pearman (Miami University), “Cripping Time in Chaucer’s Pardoner’s Tale

The webinar will be moderated by Heide Estes (Monmouth University) and Nahir Otaño-Gracia (University of New Mexico). The three papers will be followed by questions and discussion. Click here for more information and to register.

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MAA News – Call for Proposals – Speculations: The Centennial Issue of Speculum

The Centennial Issue of Speculum
January 2026

The centenary of a scholarly journal offers the opportunity to recognize, reflect on, and reimagine scholarly methods and objects, including canonicity and the discursive possibilities of scholarship; the boundaries, borders and spaces that define our disciplines; the genres and taxonomies that shape our work.

To mark the 100th anniversary of Speculum, we aim to commemorate the journal by raising questions about the methods and parameters of our study in a prospective rather than retrospective manner. What might the future of medieval studies look like? What might the place of this journal in that future be? The volume focuses on the future of the journal and the field it helps to define by inviting a wide breadth of scholarship that can collectively speculate about how we can take medieval studies into the future. But of course those living in the medieval world broadly considered speculated on their future as well. How was the future conceived in the past and what might those past reflections about the future, and about the condition of futurity generally, have to teach us as we consider recent shifts in our field and a shifting institutional context.

The format of the centennial volume will model the kind of contributions we seek: instead of 4-5 long form articles, we plan to publish 50 short essays (of approximately 3000 words each) in an attempt to represent a broader range of voices, perspectives, methodologies, and areas of study. We welcome traditional essays as well as innovative forms of research and reflection (pedagogical speculations, creative or dialogic writing, speculative history, etc.).

We invite contributions that speculate on the past and future of scholarly work in medieval studies. We particularly welcome essays that address gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, and that use comparative and interdisciplinary methods and that address at least one of the following questions:

  • What kinds of methods and theoretical models shape our work and will orient us in the future?
  • How might we call on more inclusive and expansive understandings of the Middle Ages in light of the global turn and critical reappraisals of periodization.
  • What histories do we examine, what histories do we obscure, and what criteria will most productively guide our examination of histories in the future?
  • How have scholarly understandings of medieval historicity and temporality shaped the parameters of our inquiry, and how might we critically engage these accounts?

Proposals of 300 words should be sent to by December 1, 2023.

Speculations editorial collective
Mohamad Ballan
Peggy McCracken
Cecily Hilsdale
Katherine Jansen
Sierra Lomuto
Cord J. Whitaker

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MAA News – Good News From Our Members

Amy Neff’s book, A Soul’s Journey: Franciscan Art, Theology, and Devotion has been awarded the 2022 AFCEMS Book Prize for the best book on medieval art. AFCEMS is the Association of Friends of the Center for Early Medieval Studies, Brno.

Congratulations! If you have good news to share, please forward it to Executive Director Lisa Fagin Davis.

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Jobs For Medievalists



The Hill Museum & Manuscript Library (HMML) invites applications for the full-time, benefit-eligible position of Cataloger of Ethiopic Manuscripts. This is a three-year, grant-funded position.

The Cataloger will participate in HMML’s effort to catalog recently digitized Ethiopic manuscripts and to support the creation of authority files by HMML’s metadata librarian. The Cataloger will do both original cataloging of digital surrogates as well as the correction of existing catalog records. This position is supervised by the Lead Cataloger of Eastern Christian Collections and reports to the Director of Cataloging.

Founded in 1965, HMML holds the world’s largest archive of manuscript photographs in both microfilm and digital format. HMML identifies manuscript collections around the world that need photographic preservation and online access. Its archives now contain more than 500,000 complete manuscripts, ranging in size from large codices of hundreds of folios to brief documents consisting of just a few leaves.

Visit to learn more about the places, people and communities that have been part of HMML’s global story, and the manuscripts in HMML’s digital and microfilm collections.

Located on the campus of Saint John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota, HMML is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit corporation that contracts with the Order of Saint Benedict (OSB) for employees and employee services.


  1. Catalog Ethiopian manuscripts according to HMML metadata standards.
  2. Support the creation of authority files and controlled vocabulary during cataloging.
  3. Provide expertise when necessary on the Ge’ez and Amharic languages, naming practices, and manuscript tradition.
  4. Work closely with HMML staff on relevant aspects of project workflow.
  5. Submit monthly reports on cataloging.
  6. Answer patron questions concerning the Ethiopic digital manuscript collections.


  1. Performs other duties as required by the director or supervisor.


  1. Earned doctorate in History, African Studies, Religious Studies, or MLIS equivalent.
  2. Excellent knowledge of Ge’ez and Amharic language and paleography.
  3. Native or near native English language proficiency and good communications skills.
  4. Experience in working with manuscripts or cataloging manuscripts.
  5. Knowledge of Microsoft Office (particularly spreadsheet methodologies), Google Sheets, Google Drive, and other commonly used menu-based software.
  6. Experience with using digital tools for research in the humanities and ability to understand and work with HMML’s digital platforms and tools.
  7. Attention to detail; accuracy and thoroughness in work habits; ability to manage multiple, complex tasks; ability to work in a collaborative team environment; and willingness to utilize communications tools to facilitate working remotely with speedy response times.


  1. Knowledge of DCRM(MSS) and AMREMM cataloging standards.
  2. Knowledge of other Ethiopian languages, Arabic, Coptic, or Greek.
  3. Experience working with databases and database management.


  1. Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  2. Strong computer skills.


Sitting for prolonged periods of time. Extensive use of computers and keyboard. Occasional lifting may be required.


In addition to the qualifications noted on the job description, all employees are expected to abide by the following expectations:

  1. Ability to interact with the community of the Order of Saint Benedict and the Saint John’s community as an integral part of the staff.
  2. Project a positive image of service which represents the unit to which assigned.
  3. Ability to acquire an understanding of the character and mission of Order of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University.
  4. A willingness to maintain a high level of competence.  Discreet judgment and confidentiality are expected of all employees.
  5. The personal safety and health of each employee is of primary importance in our operation.   Each employee has the responsibility to prevent accidents and injuries.   The Order of Saint Benedict and its employees have the responsibility to comply with Federal, State, and departmental regulations related to safety and health.


Help create and foster a positive, respectful, and inclusive work environment.


Applications are accepted online at Candidates are asked to complete the application form and submit a cover letter and resume.

If you require an accommodation to participate in the OSB hiring process, please contact Human Resources at (320) 363-2874.

It is the policy of OSB to conduct a pre-employment background check.  An offer of employment is contingent upon a successful background check.

HMML is a cultural heritage institution that welcomes applicants from all religious and cultural backgrounds.

Order of Saint Benedict is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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