Enemies Within: The struggle against internal division in the Middle Ages and Renaissance

The Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program at Barnard College is pleased to announce the following conference:

Enemies Within:
The struggle against internal division in the Middle Ages and Renaissance

Saturday, December 3, 2022



Kristina Richardson (University of Virginia), “Romani Printers in Late Medieval Europe”

Mitchell B. Merback (Johns Hopkins University), “The Art of Blasphemy on the Eve of the Reformation”


2022 marks a dubious anniversary: exactly one thousand years ago, in 1022, thirteen Cathars were burned at Orléans—the first recorded instance of such punishment of Christian heretics. Exactly five hundred years later, a new sign of internal dissention erupted: In 1522, Martin Luther published his German translation of the New Testament, and in the same year, the Diet of Nuremberg staged an ultimately unsuccessful papal effort to suppress Luther, who had been declared a heretic in the 1521 Edict of Worms. Europe was far from unique in such efforts to suppress internal divisions, which also had a long history in the Middle East, where, for example, during the Mihna in the ninth century CE, the Abbasid caliph had similarly attempted to enforce a theological orthodoxy through centralized or systematized forms of persecuting heresy—attempts that, as in Europe, ultimately failed.

In the Middle Ages and Renaissance, as now, cultures often negotiated their identities by protecting their boundaries against external threats, but equally by marking, and often trying to suppress, enemies within. This conference will bring together twelve speakers across disciplines ranging from religion to art history to focus on cultural anxieties generated by internal challenges, both within the boundaries of a polis and within the boundaries of an individual, exploring how binaries like internal/external, enemy/ally, and related terms, become unstable or unpredictable vectors across periods of time.

Please note that registration is free but required. All those who register will receive a link to attend the Zoom sessions.

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“‘L’alto lavoro’: A Roundtable on the Challenges of the Job Market.” 11/11 5pm on Zoom

The Graduate Group of the Dante Society of America (DSA) is glad to invite all graduate students to “‘L’alto lavoro’: A Roundtable on the Challenges of the Job Market.” The speakers will be Laura Ingallinella (University of Toronto), Akash Kumar (University of California, Berkeley), Arielle Saber (Johns Hopkins University), and Alessandro Vettori (Rutgers University). Our guests will discuss with us their first-hand experience with the academic job market, either as job applicants or members of search committees.

The event will be on Zoom on November 11, 2022, at 5 pm (EST).
Registration is required: https://bit.ly/DSAGG-alto-lavoro.

For information and requests, please write to dantesociety.graduate@gmail.com.

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The Jacob Hirsch Fellowship

Deadline: January 15, 2023

Field of Study: Archaeology

Eligibility: U.S. or Israeli citizens who are either Ph.D. candidates writing their dissertations in archaeology, or early-career scholars (Ph.D. earned within the last five years) completing a project that requires a lengthy residence in Greece.

Terms and Duration: Stipend of $11,500 plus room and board in Loring Hall, and waiver of School fees. Meals, Monday through Friday, are provided at Loring Hall. The fellow is expected to be engaged full-time in the supported research from early September 2023 to late May 2024. A final report is due at the end of the award period, and the ASCSA expects that copies of all publications that result from research conducted as a Fellow of the ASCSA acknowledge the support of the ASCSA and be contributed to the relevant library of the School.

Application: Submit online application form for “Associate Membership with Fellowship”, curriculum vitae, and a detailed description of the project to be pursued in Greece (250-word abstract and a statement up to three pages, single spaced). Arrange for three letters of recommendation. Student applicants are required to submit scans of official

Questions? Contact: application@ascsa.org

Click here for more information.

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MAA News – From the President

Dear Academy Members,

November is a time for giving thanks. First, I thank all of you who responded to my invitation in last month’s newsletter to share your experiences. A dozen of you wrote me directly and sixty more filled out the google form. Thank you for taking some of your already over-taxed time to tell me how the Academy needs to do better at valuing all its members.  It was gratifying to hear that many respondents appreciated some of the Academy’s recent changes, but it is also clear that much work still remains to be done to make the MAA an organization that meets the needs of all the different vital constituencies within our community. In the months I have left as your president, I will work with Council on immediate steps to address the problems identified, particularly the inclusion and recognition of medievalists from non-elite institutions and those working beyond the tenure track. Thank you for drawing a roadmap to advance equity and compassion in this organization.

Second, in this month of thanksgiving, I want to give thanks to those who supported my fascination with the Middle Ages and I invite you to give thanks too. Lisa will post this on the MAA’s Twitter account so you can add your thanks, sharing the names of those who fostered your love of medieval studies.

First and foremost, I thank Helen M. Simkins, my high school history teacher, who agreed to oversee my independent study of medieval Europe, letting me loose in the library for 50 fabulous minutes a day to read as I pleased. She filled my senior year with encouragement and hope. I thank Terence R. Murphy (1940-2009), whose lectures on medieval and early modern England made me ditch my “practical” goal of a career in journalism and instead major in history at the American University in Washington, DC. He urged me to apply to doctoral programs in history, and for years I refused to believe that someone like me could possibly be smart enough for such a thing. During a memorable visit to his office hours, when I sheepishly asked him if we could talk about graduate studies, an exasperated Professor Murphy said, “you need to stop talking to me about doctoral study and start LISTENING to me!” I am so grateful I finally did. I thank Nelson H. Minnich, who told an astonished MA student that her seminar paper on the council of Pavia-Siena was publishable, providing detailed directions for revision. And I thank David Herlihy (1930-1991), my Doktorvater, for his patience, and his spouse Patricia A. Herlihy (1930-2018), my unofficial Doktormütter, for her encouraging example of mirthful determination in the face of sexism. I thank Nancy and Peter Rabinowitz, founders of the Comparative Literature program that once flourished at Hamilton College, who continue to teach me that collegial generosity is as enduring as it is boundless.

I look forward to your “honor roll” of those who supported you!

With gratitude,

Maureen C. Miller, President of the Medieval Academy of America

PS: Keep reading — below are details on the portal where you can nominate yourself or others for next year’s MAA committees (and I thank Executive Director Lisa Fagin Davis and the Academy’s Communications and Membership Coordinator Chris Cole for setting it up!).

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MAA News – Call for Committee Self Nominations

This year, the MAA is launching a new way for you to indicate interest in serving on one of our governance, programming, grant, or prize committees. Committee service is critically important to our mission, and we welcome your expertise and efforts. Even if you have already checked the relevant box on your MAA Member Profile page, please confirm your specific area of interest and provide additional information by filling out this form to self-nominate for committee service. You may also nominate a colleague. See our FAQ page for information about how Committee members are selected. Committee members seated in the upcoming cycle will begin their three-year term of service in March 2023. Click here for more information and to submit a nomination.

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MAA News – MAA Governance Election

Voting in the annual MAA governance election is now open. This is one of the most important means that members have to impact both the MAA and the future of medieval studies in North America. I am very pleased to announce the names of the Medieval Academy members who have generously agreed to stand for election to office in 2023:

Robin Fleming (History, Boston College)

First Vice-President:
Sara Lipton (History, Stony Brook University)

Second Vice-President (three candidates for one position):
Suzanne Conklin Akbari (English/History, Institute for Advanced Study)
Peggy McCracken (French and Comparative Literature, University of Michigan)
Marina Rustow (History, Princeton University)

Council (eight candidates for four positions):
Roland Betancourt (Art History, Univ. of California at Irvine)
Gerard Chouin (History, The College of William and Mary)
Bonnie Effros (History, Univ. of British Columbia)
Nahyan Fancy (History, Depauw Univ.)
Christopher MacEvitt (Religion, Dartmouth College)
Luisa Nardini (Musicology, Univ. of Texas at Austin)
Xiaofei Tian (Chinese Literature, Harvard Univ.)
Michelle C. Wang (Art History, Georgetown Univ.)

Nominating Committee (four candidates for two positions)
Gregor Kalas (Art History, Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville)
Akash Kumar (Italian Studies, Univ. of California at Berkeley)
Michelle M. Sauer (English, Univ. of North Dakota)
Jesús R. Velasco (Spanish, Yale Univ.)

Click here for more information about these candidates.

My thanks to the Nominating Committee for their careful and thoughtful work in establishing the slate of Council candidates. My thanks as well to President Maureen Miller for proposing the slate of Nominating Committee candidates.

The election will be conducted in accordance with our By-Laws. The Nominating Committee is charged with nominating eight candidates for the four positions on the Council, balancing racial, gender, geographic, professional, and specialization diversity while also considering the same facets of the incumbents. The current President is charged with proposing four candidates for two openings on the Nominating Committee. As is our practice, the nominees for President and 1st Vice-President run unopposed; the position of 2nd Vice-President is contested among a slate of three candidates.

In addition to biographical information, each candidate has submitted a statement detailing their vision for the Academy and their reasons for wanting to participate in its governance. It is our hope that these statements will assist members in making informed choices about the governance of the Medieval Academy. These statements are online here: https://www.medievalacademy.org/page/2023Ballot

As you consider these candidates, you may wish to take into account the demographics and specializations of the incumbents.

You may only cast one ballot and you must be a member of the MAA in order to vote. Your ballot must be received by 11:59 PM on Tuesday, 3 January 2023. If you would prefer to receive a paper ballot and have not received one in the past, please contact me.

You will find the ballot link in the email that was sent to you on October 17. If you’ve lost track of that message, don’t worry, I’ll send several reminders that will include the link!

Thank you for participating in the election.

– Lisa Fagin Davis, Executive Director

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MAA News – Call for Nominations: CARA Awards

Robert L. Kindrick–CARA Award for Outstanding Service to Medieval Studies

The Medieval Academy of America’s Committee on Centers and Regional Associations (CARA) invites nominations for its annual service prize. The Robert L. Kindrick–CARA Award for Outstanding Service to Medieval Studies recognizes Academy members who have provided leadership in developing, organizing, promoting, and sponsoring medieval studies through their administrative work—work that is critical to the health of medieval studies, but that often goes unrecognized by the profession at large. This award of $1000 is presented at the Annual Meeting of the Medieval Academy.

The annual deadline for nominations is 15 November; please note that three nominators are required, all of whom should have first-hand knowledge of the nominee’s contributions to Medieval Studies. For more information, please visit the CARA Service Award web page.

CARA Award for Excellence in Teaching

The Medieval Academy’s Committee on Centers and Regional Associations (CARA) invites nominations for its annual teaching prize, which recognizes outstanding pedagogical achievement by Medieval Academy members. This can include:

  • teaching inspiring courses at the undergraduate or graduate levels;
  • creating innovative teaching materials (including textbooks);
  • developing courses and curricula;
  • scholarship of teaching and learning (including presentations at conferences as well as publications)
  • support for K-12 pedagogy and curricula;
  • community-oriented or publicly-directed educational initiatives.

Normally, one prize is given for undergraduate and one prize for graduate teaching, each in the amount of $1000. These will be presented at the Annual Meeting of the Medieval Academy.

The annual deadline for nominations is 15 November. For more information, please visit the CARA Teaching Award web page.

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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.

The Inclusivity and Diversity Research Grant
The Inclusivity and Diversity Research Grant of up to $3,000 will be granted annually to a scholar, at any stage in their career, who seeks to pursue innovative research that will broaden the scope of medieval studies. Projects that focus on non-European regions or topics under the Inclusivity and Diversity Committee’s purview such as race, class, disability, gender, religion, or sexuality are particularly welcomed. The grant prioritizes applicants who are students, ECRs, or non-tenured. For the current round of applications, we encourage proposals that address the challenges of conducting research during the Covid-19 era. (Deadline 31 December 2022)

Belle Da Costa Greene Award
The Belle Da Costa Greene Award of $2,000 will be granted annually to a medievalist of color for research and travel. The award may be used to visit archives, attend conferences, or to facilitate writing and research. The award will be granted on the basis of the quality of the proposed project, the applicant’s budgetary needs (as expressed by a submitted budget and in the project narrative), and the estimation of the ways in which the award will facilitate the applicant’s research and contribute to the field. Special consideration will be given to graduate students, emerging junior scholars, adjunct, and unaffiliated scholars. Click here for more information. Click here to make a donation in support of the Greene Award. (Deadline 15 February 2023)

Olivia Remie Constable Award
Four Olivia Remie Constable Awards of $1,500 each will be granted to emerging junior faculty, adjunct or unaffiliated scholars (broadly understood: post-doctoral, pre-tenure) for research and travel. Click here for more information. (Deadline 15 February 2023)

MAA Dissertation Grants:
The nine annual Medieval Academy Dissertation Grants support advanced graduate students who are writing Ph.D. dissertations on medieval topics. The $2,000 grants help defray research expenses. Click here for more information. (Deadline 15 February 2023)

Schallek Awards
The five annual Schallek awards support graduate students conducting doctoral research in any relevant discipline dealing with late-medieval Britain (ca. 1350-1500). The $2,000 awards help defray research expenses. Click here for more information. (Deadline 15 February 2023)

MAA/GSC Grant for Innovation in Community-Building and Professionalization

The MAA/GSC Grant(s) will be awarded to an individual or graduate student group from one or more universities. The purpose of this grant is to stimulate new and innovative efforts that support pre-professionalization, encourage communication and collaboration across diverse groups of graduate students, and build communities amongst graduate student medievalists. Click here for more information. (Deadline 15 February 2023)

Applicants for these and other MAA programs must be members in good standing of the Medieval Academy. Please contact the Executive Director for more information about these and other MAA programs.

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MAA News – MAA GSC Digital Humanities Showcase

All day on Thursday, 1 December 2022, the MAA’s Graduate Student Committee will be hosting over Zoom its first-ever Digital Humanities Showcase. This event is a space for attendees to learn about the collaborative efforts of medievalists from across the globe who are incorporating technologies into their study and teaching of the medieval period. This virtual gathering will serve as a forum for scholars to learn about and celebrate achievements in the digital humanities, broadly conceived. This mini-conference will feature three sessions of 10-minute presentations that will cover topics from the crowdsourcing of manuscript digitization all the way to the visualizing and mapping of social networks in the premodern world. These sessions will be followed by a longer feature presentation by Roger L. Martínez-Dávila (Professor of History, University of Colorado-Colorado Springs), who will discuss his work on the Immersive Global Middle Ages project. We hope you can join us on 1 December for this celebratory end-of-the-year showcase! Program forthcoming. To register for the showcase, please follow this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_QiQ2SkSPR1O2V7Fc8T_Epg.

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Call for Sessions: SAH 2024 Albuquerque

The Society of Architectural Historians is accepting session proposals for its 2024 Annual International Conference to be held in Albuquerque, New Mexico, April 17–21. We are accepting proposals from individuals and organizations to organize a session. The deadline to submit a proposal is January 17, 2023. The full call for sessions is available online: https://www.sah.org/2024/call-for-sessions

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