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Inclusivity and Diversity Prize Committee

 

Purpose:
To adjudicate the annual Belle Da Costa Greene Award and the Inclusivity and Diversity Travel Grant.

Composition:
Three members approved by the Council (the Committee on Committees is instructed to appoint a diverse group of members to the Committee)

Term:
Three years serving in rotation, with the senior member serving as Chair.

Nahir Otaño Gracia, Beloit College (2021)
Monica Green, University of Arizona, Chair (2019)
Cord Whitaker, Wellesley College (2020)

NOTE: The Committee on Committees should appoint three members in 2018, one of whom will serve one year (until 2019), one of whom will serve two years (until 2020), and one of whom will serve three years (until 2021).

Established by the Council of the Medieval Academy of America on 1 March 2018.

The Belle Da Costa Greene Award
Belle Da Costa Greene (1883-1950) was a prominent art historian and the first manuscript librarian of the Pierpont Morgan collection. She was also the first known person of color and second woman to be elected a Fellow of the Medieval Academy of America (1939). According to the Morgan Library & Museum website, "Greene was barely twenty when Morgan hired her, yet her intelligence, passion, and self-confidence eclipsed her relative inexperience, [and] she managed to help build one of America's greatest private libraries." She was, just as importantly, a black woman who had to pass as white in order to gain entrance and acceptance into the racially fraught professional landscape of early twentieth-century New York. Her legacy highlights the professional difficulties faced by medievalists of color, the personal sacrifices they make in order to belong to the field, and their extraordinary contributions to Medieval Studies

The Belle Da Costa Greene Award 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 for a large-scale project. The award will be granted on the basis of the quality of the proposed project, the applicants 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. To make a donation in support of this Award, click here: http://www.medievalacademy.org/donations/fund.asp?id=16866

The deadline for the inaugural round of applications will be February 15, 2019. The application will consist of a biographical form, CV, a one-page proposal, and a simple budget. Applicants must be members in good standing of the Medieval Academy of America.

The Inclusivity and Diversity Travel Grant
The Inclusivity and Diversity Travel Grant will be granted annually to a medievalist presenting an accepted paper at any session of the MAA Annual Meeting on the study of diversity and inclusivity in the middle ages, broadly conceived. Preference will be given to graduate students, emerging junior scholars, adjunct, and unaffiliated scholars.

The deadline for the first round of applications will be December 31st. The application will consist of a biographical form, CV, a one page proposal, and the essay. Applicants must be members in good standing of the Medieval Academy of America.

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