MAA News – MAA@Leeds

If you’re going to be at the Leeds International Medieval Congress this year, please join us on Tuesday, 2 July, 19.00-20.00 (Session 901) for the annual Medieval Academy Lecture, to be delivered by Monica Green: “Crisis Under a Microscope – the Black Death, Multidisciplinarity, and the Global Middle Ages.” Afterwards, join Prof. Green and MAA governance and staff members for the Medieval Academy’s open-bar wine reception.

The Medieval Academy’s Graduate Student Committee roundtable will take place Monday, 1 July, 19:00-20:00 (Session 411): “Community in Times of Crisis: Graduate Students in Medieval Studies and the Role of Service.” Participants include Lydia Shahan (Harvard University), Will Beattie (University of Notre Dame), and Emily Sun (Harvard University).

We hope to see you there!

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MAA News – Good News From Our Members

The National Endowment for the Humanities has made grants to support projects by several MAA members:

Daniel Davies (Univ. of Houston), to support the research project, “Under Siege: Perpetual Warfare and Late Medieval Literature”

Dawn Marie Hayes (Montclair State University), “Documenting the Past, Triaging the Present and Conserving a Legacy for the Future: A Web App for Sicily’s Norman Heritage.” The grant will support The Norman Sicily Project ( (NSP), a bilingual, interactive web app that offers a variety of resources for the study of Sicily under the Normans (ca. 1061-1194).

John Osborne (Carleton Univ.) has been awarded the Premio Daria Borghese for 2024, awarded annually for the best book on any aspect of the city of Rome written by a non-Italian. The prize was for his monograph Rome in the Ninth Century: a history in art (Cambridge University Press 2023).

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

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Jobs For Medievalists

Senior Professor — School of Celtic Studies
The Governing Board of the School of Celtic Studies wishes to nominate a scholar, recognised as a leading authority in their field of study, for appointment by the President of Ireland to the position of Senior Professor in the School. DIAS is now seeking applications for this permanent position from scholars with an outstanding research and publications record in any area of research encompassed by the School, who are committed to the field of Celtic Studies and who have experience of directing advanced research.

Further information:

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IMEMS Palaeography courses

After a highly successful launch, the Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (IMEMS) at Durham University is happy to announce a new edition of our online Palaeography courses:

  • Latin European Medieval Palaeography, run by Dr Manuel Muñoz García.
  • Early Modern English Palaeography (1500-1700), run by Dr Arnold Hunt.

You can find full details and an application form on our website: 

You can also watch a quick introduction to the Latin Palaeography course here.

Our courses provide quality skills training to facilitate working with manuscripts, whether at graduate level or for those working in a professional environment as a librarian, archivist, etc. Feedback from former students highlights the quality and breadth of the content, the flexibility of the course and the opportunity to engage with a great range of optional videos.

The courses will run July 8th-19th. These are online, full-time courses that consist of asynchronous content and daily live sessions, which are duplicated to allow students from multiple time zones to join. Students will receive feedback on a portfolio of transcriptions after the course, as well as continued access to the asynchronous material for two months.

There are limited spaces (24 students per course) and applications are now open. We would appreciate it if you could circulate this announcement via your networks. Please get in touch if you have any questions or queries. 

The final deadline for applications is June 14th, but we encourage early applications as places will be offered to successful candidates on a first-come, first-served basis.

With best wishes,

The IMEMS Team
Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies, Durham University

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MAA News – Good News From Our Members

Shannah Rose (PhD candidate, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University) has been awarded the Samuel H. Kress Foundation/Marian and Andrew Heiskell Rome Prize to support her project, “The Codex Rios and the Reception of Mesoamerican Pictography in Early Modern Italy.”

The Accademia della Crusca has accepted and will make available Julia Bolton Holloway’s donation of her fifty years of research on Brunetto Latini.

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

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CARA News – University of Michigan Medieval and Early Modern Studies

University of Michigan Medieval and Early Modern Studies
1029 Tisch, 435 S. State Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1003

Program Associate: Olivia Evans (

Faculty Contact, 2023-2025: Erin Brightwell (
Asian Languages and Cultures, University of Michigan

For further information about programs, degrees, and affiliated faculty, please visit our website:

Lectures and Events:

During the 2023-2024 year, lecturers/presenters from MEMS affiliated events included U-M graduate students Julia La Placa (History of Art), Katherine Tapie (Comparative Literature), Madeline Fox (English), Adam Grant (Romance Languages and Literatures), Nessa Higginson (History of Art), and Allison Grenda (History of Art), as well as faculty members Sangseraima Ujeed (Asian Languages and Cultures), Kevin Carr (History of Art), Juhn Ahn (Asian Languages and Cultures), Scott Larson (American Cultures), Cameron Cross (Middle East Studies), Tina Bawden (History of Art), and Susanne Huber (History of Art). Outside speakers included Nazanin Heydayat Munroe (City University of New York), Rowan Dorin (Stanford University), Yanna Yannakakis (Emory University), and Emily Price (Newcastle University).

Talks given through our MEMS Lecture Series included “Sufi Lovers, Safavid Silks, and Early Modern Identity” (OCT), “Mass Expulsion in Medieval Europe” (JAN), “Since Time Immemorial: Managing Difference through Custom from Medieval Iberia to Colonial Mexico” (MAR). A special lecture was given by Emily Price, entitled “‘Would you be served such meat for your supper?’: Consumption and Conversation in the Early Modern Atlantic World” (MAY).

This year, MEMS ran its first “New Books Tea” to celebrate newly published MEMS faculty scholarship. Featured authors were David Brick (Asian Languages and Cultures), Catherine Brown (Residential College and Comparative Literature), Cameron Cross (Middle East Studies), SE Kile (Asian Languages and Cultures), Christian de Pee (History), Helmut Puff (History, German, and Women’s Studies), and Louise Stein (SMTD).

Also new this year is the Manuscript Studies Interest Group. Founded by faculty members Tina Bawden (History of Art) and Trent Walker (Asian Languages and Cultures), the group is housed in MEMS, where it is devoted to collaborating across disciplines and facilitating research among different manuscript traditions.

As usual we supported meetings of the Premodern Colloquium on the following topics: “The White Crane of Alagśa: Lost Lives of the Sixth Dalai Lama in Mongolia”;  “Bokuseki as Bodily Relic: Embodying Lineage and Enlightenment through Ink Traces in Medieval Japanese Zen”; “Koryŏ’s Economy: Draft Chapter for the Cambridge History of Korea—Koryŏ”;  “Rantings of a Diseased Mind: Madness and Enthusiastic Sensations in 18th-Century Religious Cultures”; “Call Him Diyanus in Greek! The Correlating of Pagan and Islamic Knowledge in ʿUnsurī’s Vāmiq-u ʿAzrā”; “Contingent Touch: Sensual Encounters in a Late Medieval Health Manuscript.”

Annual Budget: $34,000

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DEADLINE EXTENDED to June 7th: 2024-2025 SIMS Visiting Research Fellowship Call for Applications

The Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies (SIMS) is extending the call for applications to the 2024-2025 Visiting Research Fellowship program. Applications are now due June 7th, 2024. 

Guided by the vision of its founders, Lawrence J. Schoenberg and Barbara Brizdle Schoenberg, SIMS aims to bring manuscript culture, modern technology, and people together to provide access to and understanding of our shared intellectual heritage. Part of the Penn Libraries, SIMS oversees an extensive collection of premodern manuscripts from around the world, with a special focus on the history of philosophy and science, and creates open-access digital content to support the study of its collections.

Fellowships are open to scholars living outside of the greater Philadelphia area whose research would benefit from direct access to our collections and staff expertise in manuscript studies and the digital humanities. Applicants must have completed a Ph.D. or an equivalent professional degree by the time the fellowship begins. The fellowship offers $5000 to spend 1 month (minimum of 4 work weeks) at SIMS between July 1, 2024, and June 30, 2025. Up to 3 fellowships will be awarded this year. For more information and to apply, please visit

Applications are now due Monday, June 7th, 2024.

Feel free to contact Lynn Ransom, Curator of Programs, at with any questions and to circulate this announcement widely.

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Call for Applications – School of Historical Studies, Institute for Advanced Study

Call for Applications: 2025-26 Membership 

The Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) is an independent, private institution founded in 1930 to create a community of scholars focused on intellectual inquiry, free from teaching and other university obligations. Each year scholars from around the world apply to pursue their own research at the Institute. Members receive access to the extensive resources of the Institute, including offices, libraries, subsidized dining and housing facilities, and some administrative assistance.

The School of Historical Studies supports scholarship in all fields of historical research but is concerned principally with the history of western, near eastern and Asian civilizations, with particular emphasis upon the Greek and Roman world, the history of Europe (medieval, early modern, and modern), the Islamic world, East Asian studies, art history, history of science, and musicology.

Application Deadline: October 15, 2024

Dates of Membership:
Term I: September 22 – December 19, 2025         Term II: January 12 – April 10, 2026

Eligibility Requirements: 

  • Applicants must hold a Ph.D. or equivalent, awarded no later than December 31, 2023.
  • Scholars are expected to reside at the Institute for Advanced Study or in the Princeton area during the term(s) of their Membership.

Application Requirements 

  • A completed online application
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Research proposal (maximum 1,500 words)
  • One-page bibliography related to your proposal
  • PDF files of three publications, in print, from peer-reviewed sources
  • Two reference letters (only required for applicants who received their Ph.D. in the last five years)

Funding Information and More: 

The School of Historical Studies generally offers stipends of a maximum of $80,000 for the full academic year, and $40,000 for a single term. The Institute will also provide a limited reimbursement for travel expenses to incoming Members from outside the Princeton area.

Scholars who have received their Ph.D. no earlier than January 2018 and are currently Assistant Professors at a college or university in the U.S. or Canada may also simultaneously apply online to the Mellon Fellowship for Assistant Professors.

Short-term Visitorships for less than a full term and no stipend are also available ad-hoc. To inquire about a Visitorship opportunity, contact the Administrative Officer at

Visit for more information.  For all other inquiries, email

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Call for Papers – Gender, Identity, and Authority in Late Antiquity

Gender, Identity, and Authority in Late Antiquity

March 20-23, 2025

The Society for Late Antiquity is pleased to announce the sixteenth biennial meeting of Shifting Frontiers in Late Antiquity, which will be held at The University of Tulsa, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. We encourage papers that investigate issues and aspects of gender, identity, and/or authority within the broader late antique world, either in relation to one another or on their own. This thematic scope is intentionally broad, allowing for many different approaches and from a host of disciplines and methodologies. Gender, for example, might include the impact of religion or other factors on ideas of the family, sex, and sexuality, understandings of the nature of gender differences, or conceptions of identity and authority in relationship to the gendered or genderless self or other. Likewise, identity might focus on its self-perception or ascription by others, its potential to be malleable, situational, or contested, or its various components, like ethnicity, political allegiance, religious affiliation, or class. Finally, authority might interrogate its attribution to or expectation for a particular person (e.g., an empress or saint), place (e.g., Rome), or thing (e.g., a text or creed), the mechanisms for its attainment or rejection, such as tradition, merit, or force, or its realization of lack thereof, either as an actual fact or ideal.

Abstracts (no more than 500 words) for papers presenting original scholarship should be submitted for consideration no later than October 1, 2024.

Conference website:

Conference email:

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Fellowships 2024-2025 for Study or Research in Belgium

The Belgian American Educational Foundation (BAEF) encourages applications for fellowships for advanced study or research during the academic year 2024-2025, at a Belgian university or institution of higher learning.

The BAEF will award up to eleven fellowships as outright non-renewable grants carrying a stipend of
$ 29,000 for Master’s or Ph.D. students
$ 33,000 for Post-doctoral Fellows.

BAEF fellowships 2024-2025 can be initiated between July 1, 2024 and December 31, 2024. Fellows should be in residence in Belgium during the tenure of their fellowship and stay for a period of 12 months. If the Fellow chooses to remain in Belgium for less than 12 months, the stipend will be prorated accordingly. The minimum fellowship period is 6 months.

In addition to the stipend, the Foundation will defray the cost of health insurance in Belgium through its group policy. No additional financial aid is to be expected.

Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States.

Applicants must

  • Either at the time of application be registered in a Ph.D. or equivalent degree program in the United States,
  • Or while holding the BAEF fellowship register in a graduate program (Master’s or Ph.D.)in Belgium,
  • Or hold a Master’s, Ph.D., or equivalent degree. Post-doctoral applicants should by July 1, 2024 have no more than 2 years of research experience since obtaining their Ph.D. degree.

Knowledge of Dutch, or French, or German is optional.

Applicants should make their own arrangements to register or affiliate with a Belgian university or research institution.

Application forms can be downloaded from the BAEF website at:

In addition to a completed application form, applicants must furnish undergraduate and graduate transcripts, a brief autobiographical statement, a statement of purpose, and 3 letters of recommendation.

Completed applications for the 2024-2025 fellowships must be submitted as electronic documents in pdf format attached to an email sent no later than October 31, 2023 to Letters of recommendation should be submitted by the recommenders separately to

For additional information contact the Foundation at the above address or email:

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