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Slate of Candidates for MAA Election 2018

 PRESIDENT

 


David J. Wallace. Judith Rodin Professor of English & Comparative Literature, University of Pennsylvania. Ph.D. English, Cambridge University, 1983; BA English & Related Literature, York University, 1976. Statement of Purpose: I would continue supporting the excellent initiatives of earlier Presidents and Councils, especially Barbara Newman's encouragement of K-12 medievalism and Margot Fassler's championing of all medievalist disciplines. I would like MAA to continue cultivating the highest levels of scholarly integrity and difficult enquiry and to resist misrepresentations of medieval cultures. I would like us to consider how we might support colleagues in societies where the objective pursuit of Medieval Studies runs into political difficulties. I am heartened to see Medieval Academy and Speculum expanding beyond its traditional Anglo-French axis of concentration and welcome further openings towards a Global Middle Ages. I would like MAA to continue building bridges to, and being inspired by, younger generations of medievalists. Let us do everything possible to secure the future of Medieval Studies with tenure track jobs, curatorships, and secure positions in librarianship. I would like to see our centennial year arrive with a bang, and with renewed purpose. Scholarly interests: European literary history; Chaucer; Dante, Boccaccio, Petrarch; women’s writings; romance; geography. Selected publications: Europe: a Literary History, 1348-1418, ed David Wallace, 2 vols (OUP, 2016); Strong Women: Life, Text, and Territory, 1347-1645 (OUP, 2011); Premodern Places. Calais to Surinam, Chaucer to Aphra Behn (Oxford: Blackwells, 2004); The Cambridge History of Medieval English Literature, ed. David Wallace (CUP 1999). Professional activities and service: President, New Chaucer Society, 2004-6; Trustee 1992-6; nominations Committee 1986, 1988, 1992 (Chair). John Nicholas Brown Prize Committee, Medieval Academy of America, 1992-4; Chair of English, University of Pennsylvania, 2001-4; Interim Chair of Romance Languages, Penn, 2005-6; Editorial Board, Richard Hakluyt, Principal Navigations, 14 vols, Oxford UP, 2014- ; Advisory Board, ELH, 2012- ; Advisory Board, Centre for Medieval Literature, University of Southern Denmark and the University of York, funded as a Danish Centre of Excellence 2012-18; Editorial Board, Interfaces, refereed online journal in 5 languages for CML; Chair, Lowell Prize Committee, Modern Language Association of America, 2002; Evaluator for National Humanities Center, 1989-; final selection committee 1994 Comparative Studies in Medieval Literature Division; Executive Committee, Modern Language Association of America,1996-2000; Chair 1999; Chaucer Division Executive Committee, MLA, 1989-93; Chair 1992; Faculty Advisory Board, University of Pennsylvania Press, 1997-2000; summer school at CEU (Budapest) 2015; Turkey with CML 2016; Hebrew U. Jerusalem 2017; 40 campus talks across Europe and north America in association with European literary history project.


 

 

 FIRST VICE-PRESIDENT

 



Ruth Mazo Karras. Distinguished Teaching Professor of History, University of Minnesota (from September 2018, Lecky Professor of History, Trinity College Dublin). PhD Yale 1985; MPhil Oxford 1981; BA Yale 1979. Statement of Purpose: The Medieval Academy has changed a great deal since I first attended an annual meeting as an undergraduate in the ‘70s—but it is still perceived to be an organization of and for the privileged, and of scholars of Christian Europe. The Academy should welcome the participation of all scholars, including those who work on all parts of the medieval world; actively seek the inclusion of those marginalized by race, gender, sexuality, religion, disability, or professional status; and carefully ensure that the resources at its disposal, such as fellowships, do not go only to the haves. It should be a forceful advocate for the humanities generally, as they are practiced in universities, schools, and public discourse. It should supplement the annual conference and Speculum with developing methods of scholarly and public communication. It should promote a medieval studies that is conscious of the present and the way the Middle Ages bear on it; that is interdisciplinary, including the social sciences and sciences, and that is geographically and chronologically broad. Most of us have our own patch, but the Academy should foster means of helping us all understand our work in a larger context. It should encourage the field should be open to many methodologies, and constantly mindful of a variety of kinds of difference within and among medieval cultures, through its publications, conferences, and collaborations. These goals must be pursued fairly and transparently. Scholarly interests: Gender history; women's history; history of masculinity; history of sexuality. Selected publications: Sexuality in Medieval Europe: Doing Unto Others (3rd ed. 2017); Entangled Histories: Knowledged, Authority, and Jewish Culture in the Thirteenth Century (ed. with Elisheva Baumgarten and Katelyn Mesler, 2016); Unmarriages: Women, Men, and Sexual Unions in Medieval Europe (2012); Oxford Handbook of Women and Gender in Medieval Europe (ed. with Judith Bennett, 2012). Professional activities and service: University of Pennsylvania Press, Middle Ages Series: General Editor, May 1995-present; Gender and History, North American Co-Editor, 2008-13; American Historical Associaton, Committee on Committees, 2006-09; Berkshire Conference of Women Historians, President, 2005-08; Program Committee Co-Chair for 2002 conference; Medieval Academy Council, 1998-2001.


 

 

 SECOND VICE-PRESIDENT

 



Renate Blumenfeld-Kosinski. Distinguished Professor of French, University of Pittsburgh. B.A. Bonn University, Germany; B.A. Rutgers University (Douglass College); PhD Princeton University. Statement of Purpose: When I was a graduate student the MAA seemed to me a closed and privileged association of older male scholars. All this has changed thanks to the excellent leadership of the last few decades: the MAA has become a vibrant, welcoming association that serves as a strong advocate for our field and the humanities in general. Among the many ways I served the MAA I consider the committee on professional development, supporting young scholars, one of the most important. Given the precarious job market, we need to make every effort to support independent scholars and part-time faculty through research and travel grants. As an immigrant to the US, co-organizer of several international conferences, and one of the editors of the Routledge series “Sanctity in Global Perspective” I believe we need even more initiatives aimed at including international scholars in our activities and broadening the European focus that still dominates. As a former department chair and director of a Medieval/Renaissance Program, I am aware of the threats to medievalist positions and programs. I would like to offer resources to colleagues whose fields and positions are threatened within their institutions by sharing successful strategies on our website. Within American society we have to continue to agitate for the humanities and encourage even more medievalists to speak out in public forums like op-eds and web publications to combat the myth of the “dark ages” and the misuse of medieval concepts for racist and nationalistic purposes. Scholarly interests: French literature and history; women’s history; religious history; translation. Selected publications: Reading Myth: Classical Mythology and its Interpretations in Medieval French Literature (Stanford, 1997). Poets, Saints, and Visionaries of the Great Schism (1378-1417) (University Park, PA, 2006). The Strange Case of Ermine de Reims (d. 1396): A Medieval Woman between Demons and Saints (Philadelphia, 2015). Philippe de Mézières et l’Europe: nouvelle histoire, nouveaux espaces, nouveaux langages. Co-edited with Joël Blanchard (Geneva, 2017). Professional activities and service: Publication advisory board (2017-) ; Chair, Nominating Committee; (2013) ; Book review editor Speculum (French), 2007-12 ; By-Law Committee 2011 ; Professional Development 2005-09 ; Nominating Committee 2001-03 ; Councilor 1998-2000. Other: Chair, Department of French and Italian, U. of Pittsburgh 2010-13; Director Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program, U. of Pittsburgh, 1996-2003; Program director, Hagiography Society, 1999-2003 ; Governing Board Princeton U. Grad Alumni 2005-08. MLA Division Chair, French Medieval Literature and Language 1993. Recipient of NEH and ACLS grants; research grant at Center for Theological Inquiry, Princeton; Florence Gould Foundation and Delmas Foundation grants for conference at U. of Nicosia, Cyprus. Evaluator for NEH, ACLS, American Philosophical Society, Canadian Research Council, Hungarian Research Council, Israeli Science Foundation. Co-founder and co-director (with Alison Frazier) of the series “Sanctity in Global Perspective” (Routledge). Editorial boards: Brepols, Medieval Women: Texts and Contexts; Medievalia et Humanistica; Cahiers de recherches médiévales et Humanistes.


 

 COUNCILLORS

Kathryne Beebe. Assistant Professor of Medieval History and Digital Humanities, University of Texas at Arlington. DPhil in History, University of Oxford (2007); MSt in Historical Research, University of Oxford (2002); BA in English Literature, Carleton College, MN (2000). Statement of Purpose: My vision for the Medieval Academy comprises two main themes: 1) the support of members by affirming the openness, inclusion, diversity, and academic freedom articulated in the recent amended MAA values statement; and 2) the judicious use and adoption of new technologies and methodologies to promote the development and public outreach of medieval studies. Related to these values, my priorities as a member of the Council would include supporting MAA projects that encourage mentoring of students and junior scholars, and initiatives such as CARA, which seek to make the MAA and its annual meeting more open and accessible. A second priority would be to help implement the digital initiatives approved at the 2017 annual meeting, especially in aiding members who teach, research, and engage with digital tools and approaches. My qualifications stem from my training as an historian with a background in literature and work in the digital humanities; my service on numerous committees and advisory boards; and my experiences in forming and maintaining mentoring relationships with students at both the individual and programmatic levels. I have worked collaboratively with the MAA Graduate Student Mentorship Program; the inaugural MAA Digital Humanities and Multimedia Studies Prize committee; my department’s Graduate Studies Executive Committee; and UT-Arlington’s Women’s and Gender Studies Advisory Board, among others. I would be grateful for the opportunity to promote the Medieval Academy’s support of its members’ intellectual endeavors, adoption of new digital approaches, and continued fostering of an inclusive, diverse community. Scholarly interests: Religious history; gender history; the cultural history of spirituality; the history of the book; and the digital humanities. Selected publications: Pilgrim and Preacher: the Audiences and Observant Spirituality of Friar Felix Fabri (1437/8-1502). Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014; Space, Place and Gendered Identities: Feminist History and the Spatial Turn, edited by Kathryne Beebe and Angela Davis. London: Routledge, 2015; “The Jerusalem of the Mind’s Eye: Imagined Pilgrimage in the Fifteenth Century” in Visual Constructs of Jerusalem, edited by Bianca Kühnel, Galit Noga-Banai, and Hanna Vorholt, 409-420. Cultural Encounters in Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages 18. Turnhout: Brepols, 2014; Reading Mental Pilgrimage in Context: the Imaginary Pilgrims and Real Travels of Felix Fabri’s ‘Die Sionpilger’” in Essays in Medieval Studies 25 (2008): 39-70. Professional activities and service: Medieval Academy of America Digital Humanities and Multimedia Studies Prize Committee (2017-2020). MAA Graduate Student Mentorship Program (2012-present, as a mentor). Co-organizer of sessions and presenter at the MAA Annual Meeting (2012, 2016 & 2018). V.H. Galbraith Teaching and Research Fellow in Medieval History, St. Hilda’s College, University of Oxford (2008-2010). Junior Research Fellowship in History, Balliol College, University of Oxford (2007-2008). Women’s & Gender Studies Advisory Board Member, University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) (2014-2017). Graduate Studies Executive Committee, Department of History, UTA (2013-present). Co-Principal Investigator for the project, Digital Observance: Visualizing Observant Reform in the Middle Ages, funded by a Digital Arts & Humanities Start-Up Grant, UTA (2016). Graduate Coordinator, Department of History, Southeast Missouri State University (2011-2013). Co-convener for the Master of Studies in Medieval Studies, Faculty of History, University of Oxford (2010). Member of the Organizing Committee for the Women's History Network Conference, St. Hilda’s College, Oxford (2009). Co-convener of the Medieval Church and Culture Seminar, University of Oxford (2002-2006).
   

Jochen Burgtorf. Professor of History, California State University, Fullerton. Dr. phil. (Medieval History), M.A. (Medieval History), Heinrich-Heine-Universität, Düsseldorf (Germany). Statement of Purpose: As a medievalist who is intrigued by connectivity, I would like to see us reach out even more beyond our organization: (1) By organizing a meaningful event at our annual meeting, live-streamed or later posted on YouTube, that would address a current issue of broad interest. For example, after “Harvey” and Irma, the 2017 Hurricane season will still be talked about when we gather in Atlanta in 2018. As medievalists, we know our storms. Our entire period has been labeled a tempestas (Giovanni Andrea Bussi, 1469), and it certainly witnessed its share of natural disasters, such as the Grote Mandrenke (also known as the St. Marcellus Storm Flood of 1362) which affected much of northern Europe with casualties in the tens of thousands. Ideally, such a feature would subsequently be usable as a K-12 or college-level teaching tool, thus supporting the MAA’s mission and enhancing its public profile. My experience as a co-organizer of conference-sessions (Leeds, Kalamazoo, etc.) and media-collaborator (1K Studios, Burbank) would hopefully contribute to such an endeavor. (2) By helping to build partnerships with institutions that are of interest to medievalists, for example the Monumenta Germaniae Historica (MGH) in Munich (Germany). During one of my last visits, I was surprised to learn that the MGH’s Library and online offerings, arguably among the best resources for medievalists, are underutilized by North American scholars. As a passionate MGH user and MAA member of many years, I believe I can help develop tools to effect more collaboration between both entities. Scholarly interests: History of the Crusades and the Latin East; Religious Orders and the Papacy; History of Refugees; Prosopography; Diplomatics. Selected publications: The Central Convent of Hospitallers and Templars: History, Organization, and Personnel (1099/1120-1310) (Leiden: Brill, 2008); The Debate on the Trial of the Templars (1307-1314), ed. with Helen J. Nicholson and Paul F. Crawford (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2010); “Travels, Troubles, and Trials: The Montaigu Family between Capetian France and Lusignan Cyprus,” in The Capetian Century, 1214-1314, ed. William Chester Jordan and Jenna Rebecca Phillips (Turnhout: Brepols, 2017), 281-303; “ With my life, his joyes began and ended: Piers Gaveston and Edward II of England Revisited,” in Fourteenth Century England, Volume V, ed. Nigel Saul (Woodbridge: Boydell Press, 2008), 31-51. Professional activities and service: Project Collaborator (since 2001), Regesta Pontificum Romanorum: Oriens Pontificius (Akademie der Wissenschaften, Göttingen); Editorial Board Member (since 2008), Outremer: Studies in the Crusades and the Latin East (Brepols); Editorial Board Member (since 2011), Ordines Militares (Wydawnictwo Naukowe Uniwersytetu Mikołaja Kopernika, Toruń, Poland); Co-Editor (since 2015), "Military Religious Orders" (Routledge); National President (2016-2018), Phi Alpha Theta (History Honor Society).



Raymond Clemens. Curator of Early Books and Manuscripts, Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Yale University. Ph.D., Columbia University, M.Phil., Columbia University, M.A., University of Chicago, B.A. Oberlin College. Statement of Purpose: Trained as an historian and tenured as a professor of medieval history, I am currently the curator for pre-1500 books and manuscripts at Yale University’s Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library. My work at Yale combines teaching and scholarship from the perspective of a rare book librarian. My primary goal as a councillor would be to bridge the gap between the realm of libraries and archives and that of students and scholars by bringing the techniques and materials found and fostered in libraries to undergraduate and graduate students and also to faculty who may not have access to a rare book repository. As a councillor, I would promote digital humanities combined with the traditional tools of paleography and book history. Rather than disrupting older methodologies, digital humanities builds on work already done by previous generations and opening up projects to historians not in possession of a rare books library on campus or an extensive budget for travel. These new and older voices have much to contribute to the new scholarship being driven by digital methods.  My second goal is to bring the study of medieval manuscripts, particularly Middle English manuscripts, to an undergraduate audience. With the right preliminary instruction, undergraduates have the capacity and willingness to read fifteenth century hands, and the rewards for doing so are tremendous: an unmediated encounter with a medieval document enables students to see what lies behind the critical editions and translations they may be reading in class. Using digital tools, it is possible to bring reproductions of manuscripts into every classroom as well as provide the tools to enable faculty to teach basic paleography and codicology. Scholarly interests: History of the Book, Medieval and Renaissance Cartography, Hagiography. Selected publications: Introduction to Manuscript Studies, with Timothy Graham (Cornell University Press, 2007); The Voynich Manuscript: A Photofacsimile with Essays (Yale University Press, 2016); “Medieval Women Visionaries in the Renaissance: Jacques Lefèvre d’Étaples’ Liber trium virorum et trium spiritualium virginum (1513)” in From Knowledge to Beatitude: St. Victor, Twelfth-Century Scholars, and Beyond. Essays in Honor of Grover A. Zinn, Jr. Ed. E. Ann Matter and Lesley Smith (University of Notre Dame Press, 2013): 358-383. “Medieval Maps in a Renaissance Context: Gregorio Dati and the Teaching of Geography in Fifteenth-Century Florence,” in Cartography in Antiquity and the Middle Ages: Fresh Perspectives, New Methods (Brill, 2008): 236-56. Professional activities and service: American Historical Association J. Franklin Jameson Award for Critical Editions, (2017, chair, 2015, member); Acting Director, Newberry Library Center for Renaissance and Medieval Studies (1999-2000); Founder and organizer of the Newberry Library History of the Book Seminar (1999-2012); Founder and co-organizer of the Newbery Library Medieval Intellectual History Seminar (1999-2012); President of the Illinois Medieval Association (2007-2008), Founder and organizer of Workshops in the Archival Sciences at the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library (2012-present). Illinois State University Outstanding Teacher Award (2006); Mellon Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (2003-2004), Newberry Library-British Academy Fellowship for Study in Great Britain (2003).



Valerie L. Garver. Associate Professor of History, Northern Illinois University. PhD (History) University of Virginia; MA (Medieval Studies) University of York, UK; BA (History) University of Kansas. Statement of Purpose: I would like to continue and expand the Medieval Academy’s efforts to fulfill its role as an organization for all medievalists that also works to promote Medieval Studies to a broader public. Recognizing and responding to the diversity of backgrounds, institutions, and professional positions among members of the MAA is key to the organization’s future. I believe it is important to listen closely to colleagues who have had negative experiences in our field and within academia to see what the MAA can do in response. Equally important is the work needed to continue the MAA’s emphasis on excellence in research and its recognition of achievements in scholarship, teaching, and service. The diversity of our field should be represented in the MAA, and I would work to increase the participation of graduate students, scholars in under-represented fields, medievalists at different kinds of colleges and universities, and individuals trained in Medieval Studies but working outside academia. I am particularly interested in initiatives that reach out to K-12 students and teachers, something with which I’ve been involved as one of the coordinators of Medieval Studies at NIU, where we successfully partnered with an elementary school for a week-long medieval art event. I bring the perspective of someone at a regional state university that serves a primarily a low-income (and increasingly Latino) population. As an early medievalist who works across disciplinary divides, I value the MAA’s aim of providing forums and support to the widest possible range of medievalists. Scholarly interests: Early medieval social and cultural history, especially of the Carolingian Empire. History of women, gender, family, and childhood. Material culture studies. Selected publications: Women and Aristocratic Culture in the Carolingian World (2009); Rome and Religion in the Medieval World, edited with Owen M. Phelan (2014); “Childbearing and Infancy in the Carolingian World,” Journal of the History of Sexuality 21.2 (2012): 208-44; Girlindis and Alpais: Telling the Lives of Two Textile Fabricators in the Carolingian Empire,” in Writing Medieval Womens Lives, ed. Charlotte Newman Goldy and Amy Livingstone (2012). Professional activities and service: Submissions Editor, Medieval Prosopography (2013-); Co-Coordinator Medieval Studies Concentration, Northern Illinois University (2004-); Director of Undergraduate Studies, Dept. of History, Northern Illinois University (2013-); Acting Director of Graduate Studies, Dept. of History, Northern Illinois University (2012-13); Interim Fulbright Program Advisor, Northern Illinois University (2014-2017); Northern Illinois University Representative to the Illinois Articulation Initiative History Panel (2013-2017); President, Illinois Medieval Association (2012-13); Program Director of the Midwest Medieval History Conference (2005-6); Co-Organizer of the conference on The Material World of the Early Middle Ages, Pacific University (2016); recipient of Fulbright Program Fellowship (2000-1); Solmsen Fellowship, Institute for Research in the Humanities, University of Wisconsin-Madison (2008-9); American Philosophical Society Franklin Research Grant (2009); Pasold Research Project Grant (2015); Bonnie Wheeler Fellowship (2017); Member, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton (2017). 


Stephen Jaeger. Edward William and Jane Marr Gutgsell Professor emeritus, German, Comparative Literature, Medieval Studies, University of Illinois, Urbana/Champaign. BA, MA, PhD, University of California, Berkeley. Statement of Purpose: I am committed to scrupulous, cutting edge scholarship that combines originality with scholarly integrity. I will advocate for the academy's efforts to support medieval studies programs, curricula on the Middle Ages, and especially young scholars. The academy's engagement in the world outside academia is important in keeping the institution engaged and open to issues that touch on medieval studies, humanities, human rights, and human values. I have long opposed a policy of anonymous or blind submission and review for Speculum and any journal with which I was associated. Signed review together with the editor's judgment works better in the evaluation of submissions. I remain convinced of the value of transparency in this as in any area of scholarship. Scholarly interests: Medieval German and Latin literature; history of humanism, history of education; aesthetic theory. Selected publications: Enchantment: On Charisma and the Sublime in the Arts of the West (U Penn Press, 2012). Ennobling Love: In Search of a Lost Sensibility (U Penn Press, 1999). The Envy of Angels: Cathedral Schools and Social Ideals in Medieval Europe, 950-1200 (U Penn Press, 1994). The Origins of Courtliness: Civilizing Trends and the Formation of Courtly Ideals, 9439-1210 ( UPenn Press, 1985). Professional activities and service: Organized the conference "Humanism and Public Life: Intellectuals in State Service: Antiquity, The Middle Ages, The Renaissance" (year-long series of lectures and symposia sponsored by Humanities Center, University of Washington). Co-founder and organizer, Munich -Seattle Medieval Studies Conference (Later Munich-Berlin-Urbana.  Semi-annual symposium for American and German junior scholars in medieval studies, co-sponsored with Wolfgang Harms, U. of Munich). College Council, two quarters, 1990, 1991 (dean's advisory committee on tenure, promotion and policy). Chair of organizing committee for the annual meeting of Medieval Association of the Pacific in Seattle, March 1994. Member of planning committee for meeting of the "Internationaler Germanistenverband" (IGV), Vancouver 1995. Co-Organizer, Medieval Studies sessions of “Internationaler Germanistenverband”meeting, Vienna, 2000. University of Washington Center for the Humanities, Executive Committee, 1994-. UW Center for the Humanities, Acting Director, 1995-96, 1998-99.  Organized the conference “UniverCity” bringing civic cultural and political organizations together with university faculty and students: week-long event.  The lasting contribution was a series of internships for UW grad students with local theaters, symphony orchestra, museums. Director, Program in Medieval Studies, University of Illinois, Urbana, 2001-2004. MAA Nominating committee, 2011-2012 (chair).  First Director of Medieval Studies Program,  University of Illinois, Urbana/Champaign, 2000-2003 Co-Director of Medieval Studies Program, University of Washington, 1993 (?) - 2000. Fellow of the Medieval Academy of America since 2003.


Cynthia J. Neville. George Munro Professor of History and Political Economy, Dalhousie University. B.A. (Hons), Carleton University; M.A., Carleton University; PhD, University of Aberdeen. Statement of Purpose: Students, scholars, and medievalists at large all recognize in the Medieval Academy of America an important voice for the discipline of medieval studies in the U.S.A. Less well acknowledged - among both Canadians and Americans - are the crucial links that the MAA promotes and fosters with medievalists who work in Canada. Particularly in the last decade or so, when government budgets have wrought serious damage to the study of the medieval past in large portions of our country, Canadian medievalists have found in the MAA a valuable mentor and ally of our own, smaller national body (the Canadian Society of Medievalists/Société Canadienne des Médiévistes), generous funding for Canadian graduate students and, more generally, a source of vibrant intellectual discussion, debate and inspiration. I’d like to focus my efforts on strengthening the links between the MAA and medievalists working in Canada, and especially with medievalists whose first language, or whose language of primary research, is in French. My work with granting organizations in Canada, the UK, the EU and Ireland has given me valuable expertise with a range of research cultures in the discipline of medieval studies, and I would be honored to share some of that expertise as a councillor of the Medieval Academy. Scholarly interests: Legal and social history of medieval Scotland; Gaelic-European legal and cultural encounters in high medieval Scotland; the medieval Anglo-Scottish border lands. Selected publications: Land, Law and People in Medieval Scotland (Edinburgh, 2010, 2013); Regesta Regum Scottorum, Vol. IV, Part 1: The Acts of King Alexander III of Scotland, 1249-1286 (with Grant G. Simpson) (Edinburgh, 2013); “The Beginnings of Royal Pardon in Scotland”, Journal of Medieval History 42 (2016): 559-87; Making a Manly Impression: The Image of Kingship on Scottish Royal Seals of the High Middle Ages”, in Lynn Abrams and Elizabeth Ewan, eds., Nine Centuries of Man: Manhood and Masculinity in Scottish History (Edinburgh, 2017), 101-21. Professional activities and service: Winner (2006) Agnes Mure Mackenzie Scottish History Book of Year, Saltire Society, UK, and Margaret Wade Labarge Book Prize, Canadian Society of Medievalists, both for Native Lordship in Medieval Scotland (2005). I have held visiting fellowships at the Universities of Durham (1996, 2007), St Andrews (2009); Corpus Christi College, Cambridge (2013); the Australian National University (2016) and was a member of the International Advisory Group for the AHRC-funded “People of Medieval Scotland” research project and database based at the University of Glasgow, UK. I am a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and a Fellow of The Society of Antiquaries of Scotland. I have served regularly for some twenty-five years as an adjudicator for the Research Grants Program of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and, more recently, as a jury member and chair of the Medieval Academy of America’s Schallek Fellowship and Awards Program. I am currently an Associate Editor of the Journal of British Studies and a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of Medieval History and Florilegium, as well as of Brill’s Later Medieval Europe Series and the Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies Publications Programme.


Lucy K. Pick. Senior Lecturer in the History of Christianity, University of Chicago, The Divinity School. PhD (Medieval Studies), University of Toronto, 1995; MSL Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, 1992; MA (Medieval Studies) University of Toronto, 1989; BA (History) Queen’s University, 1988. Statement of Purpose: Our work as scholars, as teachers, and as medievalists has never felt so important and relevant to me as it has this past year. You’ll read this later, but I write this statement the day after the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville at which we saw participants carrying “shields,” bearing medieval symbols, wearing chainmail, and helmets. It is no accident their first act was to target the campus of a university. They pose a challenge to us that, as medievalists, we are supremely well equipped to meet. I want to join in and promote the work the Medieval Academy is doing to broaden and strengthen our conversation about what is medieval, the history of our field and who “owns” it, and where we go from here. At my own university as a medievalist and most recently as director of Gender Studies, I have been closely involved in conversations and projects to improve the campus climate, foster inclusion of diverse voices, and to promote a fuller, richer, and more complicated conversation about the Middle Ages. We have so many ways now to communicate with a wide audience. Medieval Academy members share what they do, not only in the traditional classroom and academic publications but digitally, and on social media, through the press, through fiction and film and games. I am committed to a medieval studies that thinks globally and acts locally to share all of its wonder, horror, beauty, faith, humour, trauma, joy, and passion. Scholarly interests: Gender and Power in Medieval Europe; Medieval Spain; Gender, Sexuality, and Religion; Power, Monarchy, and Lordship; Paleography and Codicology; Diplomatics; Women in Religious Life; Political Theory and Theology; History and Historiography; Jewish-Christian-Muslim Relations in Medieval Europe; Ideology of Crusade; Liturgy and Ritual. Selected publications: Her Father’s Daughter: Gender, Power, and Religion in the Early Spanish Kingdoms (Cornell University Press, forthcoming, 2017); Pilgrimage: a historical novel about the twelfth-century pilgrimage to Compostela (Cuidono Press, 2014); Conflict and Coexistence: Archbishop Rodrigo and the Muslims and Jews of Thirteenth-Century Spain (University of Michigan Press, 2004); “Sacred Queens and Warrior Kings in the Liber Testamentorum of Oviedo,” Viator 42 (2011): 49-82 (winner of the 2013 CJ Bishko prize). Professional activities and service: Director of Undergraduate Studies, Religious Studies, 1999- ; Interim Director, Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality; Executive Board, Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality, 2006- ; Editorial Board, Traditio, 2011- ; Review Editor, The Medieval Review, 2012-14; Review of articles, pre-publication, for American Historical Review, Journal of Religion, History of Religions, Traditio, La corónica, Journal of Women’s History, Journal of Medieval Iberian Studies, Medieval Encounters, Speculum, Gesta, Al-Masāq: Journal of the Medieval Mediterranean.



Kathryn A. Smith. Professor of Art History, New York University. M.A., Ph.D., Institute of Fine Arts, New York University; B.A., History of Art, Yale College. Statement of Purpose: Among the most urgent problems facing the study and teaching of the Middle Ages are the disappearance of faculty lines, and the restructuring of positions so that faculty are compelled to teach far outside their areas of expertise. As a councilor, I would wish to continue the Academy's efforts to ensure that we are preparing future generations of medievalists for employment in an evolving professional landscape. This would include finding ways to help departments and programs evaluate whether they are training students for the jobs of today and tomorrow - including jobs in university teaching, positions in program administration, publishing, and digital humanities, and archival-library and curatorial positions. As the editor of a book series and co-editor of a journal, I would be eager to contribute to the Academy's efforts to provide guidance to graduate students and recent PhDs concerning publication of their work. In addition, I would hope to help the Academy enhance its support of forms of collaboration - in research, publication, and teaching, among scholars in different departments, institutions, fields, and period specializations, and between academic and non-academic educational institutions and organizations. Collaborative initiatives not only produce rich scholarship, but also may aid in raising the visibility of medieval studies within and without academia. Scholarly interests: Early Christian and medieval art in their religious, social, visual, intellectual, and cultural contexts; production, patronage, and reception of illuminated manuscripts; word and image; the roles of imagery in lay religion; the medieval book and ideas of selfhood and identity. Selected publications: “ ‘An Honest Bed’: The Scene of Life and Death in Late Medieval England,” with Katherine L. French and Sarah Stanbury, in Fragments: Interdisciplinary Approaches to the Study of Ancient and Medieval Pasts (2016); The Social Life of Illumination: Manuscripts, Images and Communities in the Late Middle Ages, co-ed. with Joyce Coleman and Mark Cruse (2013); “The Monk Who Crucified Himself,” in Thresholds of Medieval Visual Culture: Liminal Spaces, ed. Elina Gertsman and Jill Stevenson (2012); The Taymouth Hours: Stories and the Construction of the Self in Late Medieval England (2012). Professional activities and service: Founding Series Editor, Studies in the Visual Cultures of the Middle Ages (Brepols) (2005- ); Co-editor, with Richard K. Emmerson and Pamela Patton, Studies in Iconography (2015- ); Area Editor, Oxford Bibliographies Online, Medieval Studies (2015- ); Editorial Board, Manuscript Studies (2015- ). Planning and Program Committee, MAA Annual Meeting, New York (2000-02); Haskins Medal Committee, MAA (2012-15; Chair 2014-15). Board of Directors (2007-10), Nominating Committee (1997-99, 2016-17), International Center of Medieval Art. Past evaluator of grant applications or prize submissions for the Austrian Science Fund (FWF), the College Art Association of America, and other organizations. Short-list, 2005 Historians of British Art Book Prize, Pre-circa 1800 category, for Art, Identity and Devotion in Fourteenth-Century England: Three Women and their Books of Hours (2003); Article of the Month (Aug. 2000), in Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index, for “The Neville of Hornby Hours and the Design of Literate Devotion” (1999). Co-convener, Medieval Virtual Seminar (U. of Bristol, U. of Oslo, Middlebury Coll., NYU) (2014-15). Chair, Dept. of Art History, NYU (2010-13); Board, Medieval and Renaissance Center, NYU (2002-8). Has held fellowships from the Fulbright Commission/IIE; Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts; NEH; Metropolitan Museum of Art. Elected a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London (2015).

 

 

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Katie Ann-Marie Bugyis. Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, Saint Martin's University. B.A. in History, University of Notre Dame (2005); M.A. in Religion, Yale Divinity School (2009); M.A. in Medieval Studies, University of Notre Dame (2009); Ph.D. in Medieval Studies, University of Notre Dame (2015). Statement of Purpose: I applied to doctoral programs in Medieval Studies in the fall of 2008, just as the full extent of the global economic crisis was becoming clearer to the public. I remember sitting in O’Hare Airport after my official on-campus visit to the University of Notre Dame, watching CNN’s coverage of the crisis, and thinking that earning a doctorate in Medieval Studies would not insulate my future against professional and financial precarity. On the contrary, it might guarantee it. To purse further studies in this discipline then required the resolve to view it as an end in itself, not a means to an end. This resolve, fueled by an arguably blind passion for my research, drove me to complete my degree, even though the job market for medievalists was tanking. Fortunately, a few weeks before I defended my dissertation, I was offered a tenure-track position at a small Catholic university in the Pacific Northwest. Though I carry a heavy load of teaching and service responsibilities, I do consider myself very fortunate to have this position. Too many talented junior medievalists, facing bleak prospects of securing a full-time faculty position at the university level, have had to pursue employment in primary and secondary education, academic administration, library sciences, publishing, or a non-academic career. I completely agree with President Margot Fassler’s recent charge to the Medieval Academy “to attend with great care to the state of Medieval Studies in the United States.” As a guild, we need to find more ways to aid medievalists at institutions with scarce resources for research. But, more importantly in these dire times for higher education, we must be more diligent and creative in our efforts to include and support independent scholars: offering grant opportunities, extending access to library resources, writing letters of introduction to archives and manuscript collections, and organizing panels and roundtable discussions at the annual meetings of the MAA dedicated to addressing the concerns of this growing group of medievalists. If I should be elected to the Nominating Committee, I would seek to ensure that the leadership of the MAA does indeed attend to these issues with great care. Scholarly interests: History of women and gender, liturgy, material and visual culture, especially in Benedictine monasticism. Selected publications: In Christ's Stead: Benedictine Women's Ministries in in England, 900-1225 (Oxford University Press, forthcoming); Medieval Cantors and their Craft: Music, Liturgy and the Shaping of History, ed. Katie Bugyis, A. B. Kraebel, and Margot Fassler (York University Press, 2017); "The Practice of Penance in Communities of Benedictine Women Religious in Central Medieval England," Speculum 92:1 (2017); “The Writer of the Life of Christina of Markyate: The Case for Robert de Gorron (d. 1166),” The Journal of Ecclesiastical History 68:4 (2017). Professional activities and service: University of Notre Dame's Hesburgh Libraries Advisory Council (2015-present); Chair of Saint Martin’s University’s Mission, Vision, and Values Committee (2016-17) and Interfaith Council (2015-17); Charter member and secretary of Saint Martin’s University’s Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society (2015-17); Associated Student of Saint Martin’s University’s Faculty of the Year Award (2015-16, 2016-17); Co-organizer of “Women Leaders and Intellectuals of the Medieval World Conference” (University of Notre Dame, 2015), Medieval Cantor-Chronicler Symposium (University of Notre Dames London Centre, 2013), and Medieval Studies Interdisciplinary Working Group (University of Notre Dame, 2013-14); Reviewer for Speculum and Journal of Religion and Literature; Fellowships and grants from the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Medieval Academy of America, and the Nanovic Institute for European Studies.




Robin Fleming. Professor, Boston College. Ph.D. University of California, Santa Barbara M.A. University of California, Santa Barbara B.A. University of California, Santa Barbara. Statement of Purpose: I think it is important to make the governing structures of the Medieval Academy as transparent as possible, and that the scholars who serve as officers and council members should be drawn from a diverse and inclusive pool of possible candidates. Scholarly interests: Early medieval history, archaeology and material culture, the British Isles, Late Antiquity. Selected publications: Kings and Lords in Conquest England (Cambridge University Press: 1991; reprt 1995; paperback edn 2004; Chinese translation, 2008). Domesday Book and the Law: Society and Legal Custom in Early Medieval England (Cambridge University Press: 1998; paperback edn 2004). Britain After Rome: The Fall and Rise of the Middle Ages, c. 400 - c. 1050, New Penguin History of Britain, vol. 2 (Penguin: UK edition, 2010; US and paperback editions, 2011; Chinese translation, forthcoming). co-authored with Keith Fitz-Patrick Matthews, “The Perils of Periodization: Roman Ceramics after 400,” in a special edition of Fragments: A Thing of the Past: Material Evidence and the Writing of Medieval Englands Material Past: Robin Fleming and Katherine French, eds., Fragments 5 (2016), 1-33. Professional activities and service: I served as Council Member of the Medieval Academy from 2009 - 2012, and was on the Executive Council in 2011 - 12. I have served as both DGS and Chair of my department, have organized a number of international conferences and workshops, and am on or have been on the editorial boards of The American Historical Review, The Haskins Society Journal, Medieval Archaeology, and Studies in Late Antiquity. I am past President of the Haskins Society, and am Secretary of MERC (Medieval Europe Research Community) of the European Archaeological Association.




Gabriel Radle. Visiting Assistant Professor of Liturgical Studies, University of Notre Dame. PhD and Lic. (MA), Pontifical Oriental Institute BA, Pontificia Università Gregoriana. Statement of Purpose: Medieval Studies faces a number of challenges, not least of which is the questioning by university administrations of the values of a liberal education in a market-driven economy. Nevertheless, a strong future for our field can exist if the MAA helps lead in creating new initiatives that emphasize the value of humanities both for higher education and for broader society. Medieval Studies is interdisciplinary by its nature and can promote humanistic inquiry in ways few other fields can. In my view, the MAA has an important role to play in mentorship and encouraging collaboration. Although a native of Texas, I was trained in manuscript studies in Italy, and have been fortunate to participate in group research projects both in North America and abroad. Based on my own experiences as a junior scholar, I know that the MAA can be a vehicle for connecting scholars in North America to collaborative opportunities and funding in other parts of the world that extend beyond typical job listings. This work is crucial for increasing our present breadth and diversity. I believe the MAA must continue its path of excellent scholarship in the traditional domains of the Western Middle Ages, while promoting openness to new methodological approaches that highlight topics marginalized in past scholarship. I am passionate about the MAA’s broadening of medieval geography to touch all sides of the Mediterranean and include the interactions of diverse peoples and cultures of both Europe and the Near East. Our contemporary globalized world demands no less; ours is a unique opportunity to lead. Scholarly interests: The study of liturgy at the intersection of text, ritual performance, history of theology, art and architecture; life-cycle rituals and popular religious practice in the Middle Ages; Byzantium and the Near East; Eastern monasticism in Rome and Southern It. Selected publications: Rites and Rituals of the Christian East: Proceedings of the Fourth Congress of the Society of Oriental Liturgy, Lebanon, July 10-15, 2012, eds. D. Galadza, N. Glibetic, B. Groen, G. Radle (Eastern Christian Studies 22, Leuven 2014). “When Infants Begin to Toddle: A Liturgical Rite of Passage in the Greco-Arabic Manuscript Sinai NF/ MG53,” in Bollettino della Badia Greca di Grottaferrata s. III 9 (2014/2015), 159-168. The Liturgical Ties Between Egypt and Southern Italy: A Preliminary Investigation” in SYNAXIS KATHOLIKE: Beiträge zu Gottesdienst und Geschichte der fünf altkirchlichen Patriarchate für Heinzgerd Brakmann zum 70. Geburtstag, eds. D. Atanassova, T. Chronz (Münster 2014) 617-632. “The Development of Byzantine Marriage Rites as Evidenced by Sinai Gr. 957,” in Orientalia Christiana Periodica 78 (2012) 133-148. Professional activities and service: Member of MAA; member of Byzantine Studies Association of North America; member and editor of the Society of Oriental Liturgy; conference organizer: “Liturgical Space and Time in Byzantium,” 24 April 2014, Yale University; Awarded research grants and fellowships: Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (2016-2018); Hebrew University of Jerusalem (2015-2016); Princeton University, Seeger Center for Hellenic Studies (2016-2017); Koç University, Istanbul, senior research grant (2015, offer declined for alternative fellowship funding); Dumbarton Oaks Research Library (2014-2015); Yale University, Institute of Sacred Music (2013-2014); member of advisory panel for Brepols Publishers, Catalogue of Byzantine Manuscripts Project (2011); on-site teaching of North American students at medieval monuments: Italy (for Yale University, 2014; for The American University of Rome, 2012-2013; for the University of Notre Dame, 2015, 2017), FYR of Macedonia, Serbia (for Yale University, 2016).



Catherine Saucier. Associate Professor of Musicology and Chair of the Musicology/Theory/Composition Division; Affiliate Faculty, Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Arizona State University. Ph.D., M.A. (Music History), The University of Chicago; B.M. (Cello Performance), Indiana University. Statement of Purpose: Accessibility and interdisciplinary excellence are the principal goals that motivate my activities as a musicologist and my wish to participate in the governance of the MAA. As a member of the nominating committee, I would support the MAA’s current initiatives and encourage the development of new partnerships and outreach programs to broaden the MAA’s participant pool and scope. Collaborations with national arts organizations such as Early Music America, for instance, could increase the visibility of the MAA and potentially create new possibilities for interdisciplinary exchange. To complement the MAA’s already rich array of interdisciplinary sessions, the annual meeting might include an even greater variety of interactive activities - such as workshops on methods that cross disciplinary boundaries - to facilitate new collaborations and opportunities for mentorship. My dedication to increasing accessibility through partnerships and diversified participation has guided my initiatives as the president of a non-profit early music society. My commitment to interdisciplinarity is reflected in my involvement with the Medieval Association of the Pacific and the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, as well as my research interests in the liturgical arts, hagiography, and civic studies. I am eager to draw from these experiences to advance the mission of the MAA. Scholarly interests: Late-medieval sacred music, hagiography, liturgy, civic cultures of the Low Countries, hermeneutics. Selected publications: “Sacrament and Sacrifice: Conflating Corpus Christi and Martyrdom in Medieval Liège,” Speculum 87 (2012); A Paradise of Priests: Singing the Civic and Episcopal Hagiography of Medieval Liège (University of Rochester Press, 2014); “Reading Hagiographic Motets: Christi nutu sublimato, Lamberte vir inclite, and the Legend of St Lambert,” Journal of the Alamire Foundation 6 (2014); Johannes Brassarts Summus secretarius: Extolling the Evangelist, Journal of Musicology 34 (2017). Professional activities and service: Councilor, Medieval Association of the Pacific (2014-present); Advisory Board, Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (2012-present); President, Phoenix Early Music Society (2008-2017); Member, Programming Committee for the 86th Annual Meeting of the MAA (Scottsdale, 2011); MAA Dissertation Grant (2001).


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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