MAA News – MAA 2023: Registration is Open!

Join us in Washington DC for the 98th Annual Meeting of the Medieval Academy of America. Discounted registration ends on 1 February, so register now!

The Members of the MAA 2023 Organizing Committee, including independent scholars and medievalists from over a dozen area institutions, are pleased to open registration for the 98th Annual Meeting of the Medieval Academy of America on February 23-26, 2023 in Washington, DC. The meeting will take place at the Grand Hyatt in downtown Washington with special sessions at the National Gallery of Art, the Library of Congress, The Catholic University of America, and the National Museum of Asian Art. The program draws upon the many resources in the capital region for the study of the Middle Ages in an international context, and features plenaries by Suzanne Conklin Akbari, Verena Krebs, Anne Dunlop, and MAA president Maureen C. Miller. Highlights of the meeting include a curatorial round-table on Global Medieval Art at the National Gallery of Art, the World Premiere of Rejoicing in Broken Pieces, a play about female monastic culture with playwright Allyson Currin in attendance, and a closing reception at the National Museum of Asian Art with curators on site to introduce conference attendees to the collection.

Pre-conference events include two workshops at the Textile Museum’s Avenir Center in Ashburn, Virginia, and a day-long Digital Medieval Studies Institute hosted by NYU’s DC campus (with spots still open in some sessions; more information and application portal here). Additionally, curators at Dumbarton Oaks, the National Gallery of Art, and the Textile Museum will welcome medievalists during three separate pre-conference excursions organized in anticipation of the gathering in Washington, DC.

Attendees must be fully vaccinated (or have a verified medical exemption) and must agree to abide by the Medieval Academy of America’s Professional Behavior Policy. Due to prohibitive financial and logistical constraints, this meeting will be entirely and exclusively in-person. We hope to offer a hybrid format in 2024.

For registration, hotel block information, and the full program, please visit the conference website (and check back often for updates).

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MAA News – 2023 Governance Election Results

To the members of the Medieval Academy of America:

I am very pleased to announce the results of the 2023 governance election:

President: Robin Fleming (Boston College, History)
1st Vice-President: Sara Lipton (Stony Brook Univ., History)
2nd Vice-President: Peggy McCracken (Univ. of Michigan, French and Comparative Literature)

Council:
Roland Betancourt (Univ. of California, Irvine, Art History)
Bonnie Effros (Univ. of British Columbia, History)
Luisa Nardini (Univ. of Texas at Austin, Musicology)
Michelle C. Wang (Georgetown Univ., Art History)

Nominating Committee:
Chair (appointed by MAA President): Jessica Brantley (Yale Univ., English)
Elected members:
Akash Kumar (Univ. of California, Berkeley, Italian Studies)
Michelle M. Sauer (Univ. of North Dakota, English)

My thanks to all who voted and to all who stood for election, and my congratulations to all who were elected.

Lisa Fagin Davis

Executive Director, Medieval Academy of America

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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.

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 – Call for MAA Session Proposals: 2024 AHA Annual Meeting, San Francisco

The Medieval Academy of America invites proposals for sessions at the upcoming annual meeting of the American Historical Association in San Francisco, January 4-7, 2024. Each year the Medieval Academy co-sponsors sessions at the AHA’s annual meeting. This year, we aim to sponsor sessions that address an overarching theme of interest both to MAA members and broader audiences:

“Representing Medieval Voices: Current Approaches and Methodologies”. Click here for more information and to submit a proposal.

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MAA News – 2023-24 Schallek Fellowship

We are very pleased to announce that the 2023-2024 Schallek Fellowship has been awarded to Amy Juarez (Univ. of California, Riverside) to support her dissertation research. In her words:

“My dissertation, entitled ‘The Poetics of Embodied Architecture in Medieval and Early Modern Europe,’ takes as its central concern how Vitruvian craft undergirds late-medieval and early modern conceptions of embodiment, and how writers from these periods use these ideologies in and through their own literary discourses. My project argues that the ‘Vitruvian Man’ is the basis for more complex and nuanced depictions of the body-as-building dynamic than previously understood in late-medieval and early modern cultures from the twelfth to sixteenth centuries. Accordingly, this dissertation explores four modes of Vitruvian technology in literary texts, tying theories of architectural embodiment to ekphrastic encounters, to microarchitectural experiences, to humoral diagnoses, and to a miniaturized version of the ‘Vitruvian Man’ himself. Literary representations of these four processes make visible a deep interest in Vitruvius’s ancient philosophies in the medieval and early modern periods; at the same time they simultaneously complicate Vitruvian notions of architecture as an embodied form of expression. As my project will show, Vitruvian craft, or techne, is more than mere metaphor in medieval and early modern poetry; in fact, the Vitruvian Virtues are evoked as real architectural tropes in rhetorical practices from these periods.”

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). The Fellowship is adjudicated by the MAA’s Schallek Committee and is jointly sponsored by the Medieval Academy and The Richard III Society-American Branch, made possible by a gift to the Richard III Society from William B. and Maryloo Spooner Schallek.

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Research grants program at Princeton University Library

The Friends of Princeton University Library (PUL) research grants program application deadline is January 17, 2023 at noon eastern time. 

With grants of up to $4,800 ($1,200 per week), plus travel expenses, this program offers researchers from around the world access to Princeton University Library’s unique and rare collections. Awarded to short-term projects lasting between two and four weeks, the grants aim to promote scholarly use of the Library’s special collections. Research projects are focused on scholarly use of archives, manuscripts, rare books, and other rare and unique holdings of PUL. Find out more about the program and how to apply.

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MAA Fellows Class of 2023

The 2023 Election of Fellows and Corresponding Fellows of the Medieval Academy of America closed on Monday, 2 January. The results have been certified by the President of the Fellows and the Fellows Nominating Committee, and the new Fellows have been informed of their election.

We are very pleased to introduce the Fellows Class of 2023:

Fellows:
Michael D. Bailey
Ross Brann
Kevin Brownlee
William Caferro
Thomas E. A. Dale
Bruce Holsinger
Peter Jeffery
Sarah Kay
Sharon Kinoshita
Helmut Reimitz
Sarah Spence

Corresponding Fellows:
Peter Biller
Judith Herrin

The chief purpose of the Fellowship is to honor major long-term scholarly achievement within the field of Medieval Studies. Fellows are nominated by MAA members and elected by the Fellows. To learn more about the Fellows and Corresponding Fellows of the Medieval Academy of America, please see the Fellows section of our website.

Please join us as we honor these colleagues at the annual Induction Ceremony for new Fellows during the Fellows Plenary Session at the upcoming Annual Meeting of the Medieval Academy of America on Saturday, 25 February, at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Washington, DC. Click here for more information about the Annual Meeting.

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The MAA’s Committee on Centers and Regional Associations (CARA) presents its 2023 annual meeting:

The Medieval Academy of America’s Committee on Centers and Regional Associations (CARA) presents its 2023 annual meeting:

American Gothics? Creating Local Visions and Versions of the ‘Medieval’

Sunday, 26 February 2023, 9:00 am-12:30 pm
The Grand Hyatt Hotel, Washington DC

As the Medieval Academy of America approaches its centennial anniversary, we all are encouraged to reflect anew on the role of “the medieval” within 21st-century North America. For our colleagues working in Africa, Asia, and Europe, land- and cityscapes frequently contain remnants and reminders of their medieval pasts, offering a living palimpsest for scholars and students alike. What, however, would a “local history of the Middle Ages” look like in Sacramento, San Antonio, St. Louis, or Schenectady?

This year’s CARA meeting will explore the challenges and opportunities of such locally focused medieval scholarship and pedagogy, focusing upon how we might identify, understand, and explain the many ways in which the Middle Ages continues to be present in our own communities and regions. While this presence can be tangible—e.g., books and objects surviving from the medieval past and preserved in museums and libraries, as well as objects, art, and architecture inspired by medieval forms and precedents—it also can take less tangible, but no less real, forms, such as stories, symbols, names, traditions, and folk- or foodways. What kinds of accounts might we offer about these medieval remnants and reappropriations? How might we use them to teach others about the historical as well as mythical Middle Ages, a Middle Ages viewed (in the words of Catherine Clarke) “through the accretions, interventions, and responses of later centuries”?

After short opening remarks and introductions, our program will be divided into two sessions. In the first, we will hear about and discuss two ongoing projects meant to reveal the complex ways in which “the medieval” has shaped, and continues to shape, local communities in the U.S.: Medieval New York, led by Fordham medievalists Christina Bruno and Katherina Fostano, and Medieval DC, led by the Washington-based scholars Laura Morreale, Jennifer Davis, and Mikkaela Bailey. After a brief break, meeting participants will be organized in local and regional “caucus groups”, to engage in conversation over lunch about the kind of work represented by Medieval New York and Medieval DC, and explore opportunities for creating similar projects going forward, including potential collaborative “local medieval” initiatives at an institutional, regional, or association-wide level. In coming months, CARA will be available to discuss and provide feedback and support for such initiatives, including their promotion under the aegis of the MAA’s own Centennial programming initiatives.

We are excited by the opportunity to learn from our New York and Washington D.C. colleagues, and to hear our members’ ideas about how we might “bring medieval home”. We look forward to seeing you in Washington, D.C. in February.

Click here to register!

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MAA 2023: Registration is Open!

Join us in Washington DC for the 98th Annual Meeting of the Medieval Academy of America. Discounted registration ends on 1 February, so register now!

The Members of the MAA 2023 Organizing Committee, including independent scholars and medievalists from over a dozen area institutions, are pleased to open registration for the 98th Annual Meeting of the Medieval Academy of America on February 23-26, 2023 in Washington, DC. The meeting will take place at the Grand Hyatt in downtown Washington with special sessions at the National Gallery of Art, the Library of Congress, The Catholic University of America, and the National Museum of Asian Art. The program draws upon the many resources in the capital region for the study of the Middle Ages in an international context, and features plenaries by Suzanne Conklin Akbari, Verena Krebs, Anne Dunlop, and MAA president Maureen C. Miller. Highlights of the meeting include a curatorial round-table on Global Medieval Art at the National Gallery of Art, the World Premiere of Rejoicing in Broken Pieces, a play about female monastic culture with playwright Allyson Currin in attendance, and a closing reception at the National Museum of Asian Art with curators on site to introduce conference attendees to the collection.

Pre-conference events include two workshops at the Textile Museum’s Avenir Center in Ashburn, Virginia, and a day-long Digital Medieval Studies Institute hosted by NYU’s DC campus (with spots still open in some sessions; more information and application portal here). Additionally, curators at Dumbarton Oaks, the National Gallery of Art, and the Textile Museum will welcome medievalists during three separate pre-conference excursions organized in anticipation of the gathering in Washington, DC.

Attendees must be fully vaccinated (or have a verified medical exemption) and must agree to abide by the Medieval Academy of America’s Professional Behavior Policy. Due to prohibitive financial and logistical constraints, this meeting will be entirely and exclusively in-person. We hope to offer a hybrid format in 2024.

For registration, hotel block information, and the full program, please visit the conference website (and check back often for updates).

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GSC Podcasting Workshop: Crafting an Engaging Episode

Join the GSC on January 20th at 12pm Eastern for our first webinar of 2023! As a part of the GSC’s ongoing series on podcasting, the committee will be hosting a workshop on crafting and curating engaging content for listeners. Podcasting about the Middle Ages can be very similar to writing and presenting conference papers or lectures, but it can also tap into wider audiences and make use of a greater variety of narrative formats. All are welcome to join this webinar to learn about how to effectively engage listeners! The workshop will feature four panelists, including Sarah Ifft Decker (Media-eval: A Medieval Pop Culture Podcast), Aylin Malcolm (Coding Codices), Logan Quigley (The Multicultural Middle Ages Podcast), and Florence H R Scott (Ælfgif-who?), who will discuss the art of drafting and delivering the perfect episode. This workshop will feature ample time for questions. You can register for the event here, and you can also watch our other podcasting workshops on the MAA’s YouTube Channel here.

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