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Slate of Candidates for MAA Election 2019

 PRESIDENT

 


Ruth Mazo Karras. 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. It should continue actively to seek the inclusion of those marginalized by race, gender, sexuality, religion, disability, or professional status. It should 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. Each of us has our own patch, but the Academy should foster means of helping us all understand our work in a larger context. The Academy should encourage the field, should be open to many methodologies, and should be 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 Association, Committee on Committees, 2006-09, Board of Editors of AHR, 2016-2018; Berkshire Conference of Women Historians, President, 2005-08; Program Committee Co-Chair for 2002 conference; Medieval Academy, Council, 1998-2001; second vice-President, 2017-18; first vice-President, 2018-19; member, selection committee for editor of Speculum, 2018; chair, Ad Hoc Committee on Harassment, 2018.


 

 

 FIRST 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 ; Councillor 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.


 

 

 SECOND VICE-PRESIDENT

 



Thomas E. A. Dale. Professor of Art History; Director of the Medieval Studies Program, University of Wisconsin-Madison. B.A.  Trinity College, University of Toronto; M.A. & Ph.D. The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland. Statement of Purpose: As the leading institution for the promotion of medieval studies in North America, The Medieval Academy faces two interrelated challenges that also offer great opportunities for strengthening our mission as we prepare to celebrate our centennial.   The first challenge is a general misunderstanding of, and frequent misrepresentation of the history and culture of the Middle Ages in the public sphere.  This has led to the promotion of nationalist and racist myths about the Middle Ages promoted by extremist political groups, but also to the under-representation of people of color within medieval studies disciplines.  Beyond the support we already offer for a more inclusive, global and intercultural vision of the Middle Ages in scholarly publications, I would like to see us develop and support educational programs including curricular units, class visits, exhibitions, and online resources--offered to public schools, and communities in partnership with universities, libraries and museums.  A second challenge is the general trend in higher education to diminish investment in the humanities as increasing numbers of students gravitate towards STEM.  I support the Medieval Academy’s efforts to advocate for the crucial importance of medieval studies within liberal arts curricula.  We need to do all we can to support faculty positions in medieval studies with grants for research, travel and publication grants for scholars at all stages of their careers. I would like to see us put together guidelines to help Medieval Studies programs and individual departments make the case for faculty positions and resource allocations. Scholarly interests: globalism and cultural exchange in medieval art; art, ritual, materiality and the senses in medieval Christianity; Romanesque art; hagiography, relics and reliquaries; medieval Venice; death and the afterlife. Selected publications: Pygmalion’s Power: Romanesque Sculpture, the Senses, and Religious Experience (Pennsylvania State University Press, forthcoming 2019); contributor and co-editor with John Mitchell, Shaping Sacred Space and Institutional Identity in Romanesque Mural Painting (Pindar Press, 2004);  “Monsters, Corporeal Deformities and Phantasms in the Cloister of Saint-Michel de Cuxa,” Art Bulletin 83, no. 3 (2001):402-436; Relics, Prayer, and Politics in Medieval Venetia: Romanesque Mural Painting in the Crypt of Aquileia Cathedral (Princeton University Press, 1997). Professional activities and service: Director of Medieval Studies Program, University of Wisconsin-Madison (2016-present); Board of Directors, International Center of Medieval Art (2017-present); Chair, Nominating Committee, Medieval Academy of America, 2016-17;  Chair, Department of Art History, University of Wisconsin-Madison (2008- 2014); Member, Nominating Committee, International Center of Medieval Art (2013-14);  Member, Nominating Committee, Medieval Academy of America (2011-12); Selection Committee, Medieval Studies, Rome Prize Fellowships, American Academy (2009); Professeur invité at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris (May-June, 2008); Van Courtland Elliott Prize Committee, Medieval Academy of America (2006-08);  Program Committee, Byzantine Studies Conference, Athens, Georgia  (2005);  Board of Directors, International Center of Medieval Art (2000-03); Newsletter Editor, International Center of Medieval Art (2001-03); book manuscript reviewer for Pennsylvania State University Press; Yale University Press; University of Chicago Press; article reviewer for Art Bulletin, Dumbarton Oaks Papers, Gesta, Speculum.


 

 COUNCILLORS

Lynda Coon. Dean of the Honors College; Professor of History, University of Arkansas. PhD University of Virginia MA University of Virginia BA James Madison University. Statement of Purpose: My vision for the Medieval Academy is fourfold:  1.  Inclusivity. 2.  Cross-disciplinary collaboration. 3.  Pedagogical innovation. 4.  Humanities advocacy.  INCLUSIVITY:  should occur in each priority initiated by the MAA.  The MAA should be open to medievalists from underrepresented populations and geographies.  In addition, the MAA should be receptive to a diversity of scholarly approaches and methodologies.  CROSS-DISCIPLINARY COLLABORATION:  should be a priority for the national meeting, the journal Speculum, Speculum's readership, and the leadership of the MAA.  As longstanding departmental divisions in the Liberal Arts begin to fade, medievalists must be at the forefront of a major restructuring of academic units existing across fields and colleges.  PEDAGOGICAL INNOVATION:  should manifest in a seamless manner through the implementation of the first two vision points above.  Curricular innovation should take place at both the undergraduate and graduate level and even extend to the outreach mission of the MAA.  HUMANITIES OUTREACH:  should propel the MAA into the national conversation about the importance of the humanities within the educational enterprise of American universities.  Equally, medieval studies should take a prominent place in the research and teaching missions of universities and colleges throughout the U.S.  My qualifications to actualize the four vision points outlined above stem from over 20 years in academic administration at every level, from being a director to a dean, and from serving as an advocate for the humanities at the university level and beyond. Scholarly interests: Late ancient and early medieval church history History of monasticism Gender history Spatial theory. Selected publications: Dark Age Bodies:  Gender and Monastic Practice in the Early Medieval West (PENN Press, 2011).  "Gendering Dark Age Jesus," Gender & History 28/1 (April 2016):  8-33. "What is the Word if not Semen? Priestly Bodies in Carolingian Exegesis," in eds. Leslie Brubaker and Julia Smith, Gender and the Transformation of the Roman World (Cambridge, 2004), 278-300.  Sacred Fictions:  Holy Women and Hagiography in Late Antiquity (PENN press, 1997). Professional activities and service: Director of the Humanities Program (included Medieval & Renaissance Studies, Religious Studies, Gender Studies, and the Fulbright College Rome Study Abroad Program)  Department Chair, History  Associate Dean of Humanities  Dean of the Honors College  Chair, AHA's James Henry Breasted Prize Committee  American Society for Church History Prize Committee  External Evaluator, National Humanities Center  Lilly Fellow in Religion and the Humanities, National Humanities Center, N.E.H. World Cultures Humanities Grant. Manuscript reviewer:  Speculum.
   

Hussein Fancy. Associate Professor of History, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. M.A., Ph.D., Princeton University. B.A., English Literature, Yale University. Statement of Purpose: The future of the Medieval Academy of America and Medieval Studies more generally depends upon our willingness to accept that traditionally underrepresented members of our community have something to teach us about what the future of our field can and should be.  As member of the Council, I would hope to continue and expand the Medieval Academy of America’s important efforts to be an organization for all medievalists, regardless of their backgrounds or institutions, inside or outside of the academy, by advocating for structural changes that promote access and transparency.  I would work to improve participation among students and scholars in under-represented fields and regions of the world.  I would also advocate devoting more resources to the Committee on Centers and Regional Associations (CARA). Fundamentally, I believe that the most effective means of this kind of transformation lies in actively training and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students from diverse backgrounds.  These priorities reflect not only my own scholarly interests and experience but also play to the Academy’s record of strength in the areas of scholarship, teaching, and service. Scholarly interests: The social, cultural, and intellectual history of interactions between Jews, Christians, and Muslims; medieval Iberia and Italy; Islamic North Africa; images of Muslims and Islam across history; Mediterranean history and historiography; Latin, Arabic, and Judeo-Arabic paleography. Selected publications: The Mercenary Mediterranean: Sovereignty, Religion, and Violence in the Medieval Crown of Aragon (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2016; paperback 2018); “New Approaches to the Islamic Conquest of Iberia,” ed. Hussein Fancy and Alejandro García-Sanjuan, a special issue of The Journal of Medieval Iberian Studies (forthcoming); “Muslim Crusaders: Guzmán el Bueno and the Limits of Secular History,” al-Masaq (2018, in press); “Theologies of Violence: The Recruitment of Muslim Soldiers by the Crown of Aragon,” Past & Present, 221, no. 1 (Nov. 2013): 39-73. Professional activities and service: Director of Undergraduate Studies, Department of History, University of Michigan, 2017-Present; Steering Committee, Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies, University of Michigan, 2015-2016; Steering Committee, Islamic Studies Program, University of Michigan, 2015-Present; Executive Committee, Medieval and Early Modern Studies (MEMS), 2012-2014; Board of Directors, American Institute of Maghrib Studies, 2017-2020; Board of Directors, Spain and North Africa Project, 2016-2019; Board of Review Editors, The Medieval Review, 2016-2018; Faculty Mentor for Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship (2013); Faculty Facilitator SSRC IDRF Fellows’ Workshop (2013); Organizer, with Robert Bain (School of Education, U-M), World History Institute, K-12 Teacher Training, University of Michigan (2012), funded by the British Council and the SSRC; Prize Committee, Charles Julian Bishko Memorial Prize, ASPHS, 2015-2016.



Fiona Griffiths. Professor of History (and, by courtesy, German and Religious Studies); Director, Center for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, Stanford University. PhD (Cambridge University); MPhil (Cambridge University); BA (University of Toronto). Statement of Purpose: I am deeply committed to respectful, welcoming, and collaborative scholarship.  If elected as councillor of the Medieval Academy, I would continue the Academy’s efforts to promote an inclusive and supportive community of medievalists, defined by excellence in research and also by an intellectual vitality and creativity that aims beyond our immediate academic circles.  Having studied and taught in a range of institutions, in the US and internationally, I would particularly seek to promote networks of scholars who might develop and share ideas across disciplines, generations, institutional affiliations, and intellectual traditions.  Providing support for graduate students and emerging faculty is critical to the future of the Academy, as is our outreach to K-12 teachers and classrooms, groups of life-long learners, and the broader community.  Supporting CARA, extending summer tuition grants (especially grants targeting under-represented groups), bolstering book subventions, and strengthening our graduate student mentorship program are priorities that I would strongly support.  Our goal should be to welcome broad participation in medieval study, to think creatively about the future of the humanities and of medieval scholarship, vigorously to combat the misuse within contemporary politics of the medieval past, and to solicit new voices and perspectives, all the while focusing on uniting medievalists in our many scholarly pursuits.  Medieval studies are vibrant and exciting; communicating the value of our medieval scholarship, and of the past and its relevance – in ways positive and productive, as well as cautionary – to our students, colleagues, and the broader public is an important purpose, and a valuable opportunity that I embrace. Scholarly interests: Medieval religion; Germany; History of women; Gender and masculinity; Materiality and object history; Sensory history; Book production, scribal practice, and monastic libraries. Selected publications: Nuns’ Priests’ Tales: Men and Salvation in Medieval Women's Monastic Life (The University of Pennsylvania Press, 2018). The Garden of Delights: Reform and Renaissance for Women in the Twelfth Century, The Middle Ages Series (The University of Pennsylvania Press: 2007). Sensory Reflections: Traces of Experience in Medieval Artifacts, ed. Fiona J. Griffiths and Kathryn Starkey (De Gruyter: In Press). Partners in Spirit: Men, Women, and Religious Life in Germany, 1100-1500, ed. Fiona J. Griffiths and Julie Hotchin (Brepols: 2014). Professional activities and service: Planning and Program Committee, MAA Annual Meeting, Berkeley (2020).  Nominating Committee, Medieval Academy of America (2016-2018).  Co-Director, Center for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, Stanford (2016-present).  Herbert Baxter Adams Prize Committee, American Historical Association (2016-present; Chair, 2018).  Selection Committee, National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship competition (2017).  Series Editor, with Kathryn Starkey and Beatrice Kitzinger. Sense, Matter, and Medium: New Approaches to Medieval Material and Literary Culture (De Gruyter Publishers).  Advisory Board, The Medieval Review (2012-present).  Editorial Board, The Journal of Medieval Religious Cultures.  Advisory Board, Monastic Matrix. Fellowships: Humboldt Fellowship, 2007-2008; NEH Fellowship, 2007-2008; Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, 2003-2004. Awards: Frank S. and Elizabeth D. Brewer Prize, American Society of Church History; Margaret Wade Labarge Prize, Canadian Society of Medievalists; Jane Dempsey Douglass Prize, American Society of Church History.



Elizabeth Papp Kamali. Assistant Professor of Law, Harvard Law School. A.B., History, Harvard College J.D., Harvard Law School Ph.D., History, University of Michigan. Statement of Purpose: Several aspects of my personal story inform my priorities as a candidate. Having worked on Wall Street after college, I feel that we need to do more to communicate to students (and their anxious parents) how the skills one develops in studying the Middle Ages – whether language acquisition, historical analysis, or rigorous research and writing – translate into a variety of career possibilities. Having pursued a JD/PhD thanks to the guidance of mentors who demystified the process, I am committed to expanding the Medieval Academy’s outreach efforts, from the K-12 level and beyond. Indeed, I believe the field of Medieval Studies will only be further diversified if mentorship continues to be a core priority. As someone who teaches on a law faculty and whose scholarship is heavily interdisciplinary, I aim to promote inter- and intra-institutional connections to foster innovative new paths in the field and to communicate the relevance of medieval studies beyond the academy. And as someone whose doctoral research depended on a digital archive, I applaud and wish to expand further the Medieval Academy’s already-impressive commitment to digital humanities.  At the same time, I worry about the dwindling commitment of universities to funding foundational classes in paleography, advanced language training, and other studies so essential to our work as medievalists. As the Medieval Academy’s centenary approaches, this is a critical time for conversation about the future of our field, breaking barriers within our discipline, and building a community of scholars equipped for the second quarter of the twenty-first century. Scholarly interests: Medieval English legal history, including the history of the criminal trial jury and the transition from ordeal to jury trial; history of emotion; law and literature. Selected publications: Felony and the Guilty Mind in Medieval England (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming). “Trial by Ordeal by Jury in Medieval England, or Saints and Sinners in Literature and Law,” in Emotion, Violence, Vengeance and Law in the Middle Ages: Essays in Honour of William Ian Miller, edited by Kate Gilbert and Stephen D. White (Leiden: Brill, 2018).  A Crossroads in Criminal Procedure: The Assumptions Underlying England’s Adoption of Trial by Jury for Crime” (coauthored with Thomas A. Green), in Law and Society in Later Medieval England and Ireland: Essays in Honour of Paul Brand, edited by Travis Baker, 51-81 (New York: Routledge, 2018).  “The Devil’s Daughter of Hell Fire: Anger’s Role in Medieval English Felony Cases,” Law and History Review 35:1 (2017), 155-200. Professional activities and service: Member of the Medieval Academy of America (1998-present). Associate Editor, Law and History Review (2017-present). Officer of the Ames Foundation, 2017-present. Member of the American Society for Legal History (2001-present), American Historical Association (2008-present), Selden Society (2009-present), Fourteenth Century Society (2013-present, Secretary, 2014-2016), Early English Text Society (2017-present). J. Willard Hurst Book Prize Committee, Law and Society Association (2018). Advisory Board, Premodern Crime and Punishment series, University of Amsterdam Press (2017-present). Harvard Law School Library Committee (2016-present). Advising Faculty, Harvard Law School Program of Study in Law and History (2015-present). Harvard University Standing Committee on Medieval Studies (2015-present). Harvard University Medieval Studies Events Subcommittee (2015-present; Chair, Spring 2018, Fall 2018). Harvard Initiative for Learning & Teaching (HILT) Grant Faculty Selection Committee (2018). Collaborating Member, History of Law and Emotions Research Cluster, Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions and the Institute of Legal and Constitutional Research, St Andrews, Scotland (2016-present). Referee, Fragments: Interdisciplinary Approaches to the Study of Ancient & Medieval Pasts (2016). Referee, Yale Law Journal (2017). 


Adam J. Kosto. Professor of History, Columbia University. BA (Yale), MPhil (Cambridge), AM (Harvard), PhD (Harvard). Statement of Purpose: My policy priorities would focus on issues I have engaged with in recent years in an administrative capacity both in my department and for professional organizations. First, recent developments concerning the AP World History curriculum and reports about misuse of the Middle Ages in contemporary discourse should impress upon us all the necessity of moving forward rapidly with the MAA’s K-12 outreach, started under the presidency of Barbara Newman. The MAA should continue institutional lobbying, but we also need to figure out how to collect and share the experiences of our 3,000 members in their communities and encourage individual, local action. Second, we need to continue to think creatively about our role as a learned society in shaping the evolution of academic publishing in the digital age; multinational corporations have long-term strategies, while many scholars are still learning the rules of the game. The approval system devised for the MAA’s collaboration with the Digital Latin Library, including credentialing of working editions and a commitment to open access, is one such new approach. We need to imagine others. Third, we should work intensively with the quarter of our membership who are graduate students to create medievalist professional development activities and resources that draw on the lessons of the AHA’s Career Diversity for Historians Initiative, the MLA’s Connected Academics program, and other such successful ventures. These activities and resources should be promoted to graduate programs though the Committee on Centers and Regional Associations, rather than simply made available at the annual meeting. Scholarly interests: Institutional and legal history; diplomatics; Catalonia; Mediterranean. Selected publications: Making Agreements in Medieval Catalonia: Power, Order, and the Written Word, 1000-1200 (Cambridge UP, 2001); Hostages in the Middle Ages (Oxford UP, 2010); ed. [with WC Brown, M Costambeys, and M Innes], Documentary Culture and the Laity in the Early Middle Ages (Cambridge UP, 2013); "Statim invenire ante: Finding Aids and Research Tools in Pre-Scholastic Legal and Administrative Manuscripts," Scriptorium 70 (2016), 285-309. Professional activities and service: MAA: Publications Advisory Board (2011-15, chair 2014-15); Nominating Committee (2015-17); representative to the Digital Latin Library advisory board (2015- ). American Society for Legal History: Nominating Committee (2003-6), Membership Committee (2010- ), Program Committee (2011-12), Board of Directors (2007-10). American Academy of Research Historians of Medieval Spain: President (2011-14). Commission internationale de diplomatique: Member (2012- ). Cambridge Studies in Medieval Life and Thought: Advisory Editor (2018- ). American Historical Association Career Diversity for Historians Columbia University Pilot: Program Director (2014-18). Columbia University Program in Medieval and Renaissance Studies: Program Director (2016- ).


Karl Kügle. ERC Research Professor and Senior Research Fellow in Music, Wadham College, University of Oxford; Professor in the History of Music before 1800, Utrecht University.  PhD, MA (Historical Musicology) New York University; Master Class Diploma (Piano Performance), Hochschule für Musik Würzburg; State Artist’s Diploma (Piano Performance), Hochschule für Musik Munich. Statement of Purpose: The Medieval Academy of America exerts worldwide influence on the development of medieval studies. As a Council member, I shall focus on four major concerns: First, in an age of systemic shifts in the humanities, strengthening the links between medievalists in North America and their counterparts elsewhere in the world will be vital. With my extensive network of scholarly contacts across continents and disciplines, my knowledge of pre-modern and contemporary East Asia, and my institutional base in Europe, I believe that I am in an excellent position to help build bridges between continents on behalf of the MAA. Second, it seems that our discipline needs to stress the importance of historical research in the public discourse. Great lessons can be learned from history - not least of the Middle Ages - about human resilience and creativity in the face of rapid, even catastrophic changes. As a Council member, I’d like to help get that message across to today’s decision-makers and the general public. Third is the emergence of team-based research in the humanities. As leader of two team-based projects, I would be delighted to share my experiences with the MAA membership and offer encouragement to younger scholars who wish to develop such projects themselves. Fourth, at a moment in the evolution of medieval studies where a sonic turn is in the offing, knowledge exchange between the performance and sound-related disciplines seems especially important. As a music historian, I would contribute energetically to this development within the MAA Council. Scholarly interests: History of sound and music in Europe, 1200-1500; late medieval court cultures in Europe, 1200-1500; church and intellectual history in Europe, 1200-1500; pre-modern cultures in a global perspective; historiography. Selected publications: "Conceptualizing and Experiencing Music (ca. 500-1500)". Medieval Culture - A Handbook: Fundamental Aspects and Conditions of the European Middle Ages. Ed. by Albrecht Classen. Berlin and New York: De Gruyter, 2015, 1184-1204.  "Glorious Sounds for a Holy Warrior: New Light on Codex Turin J.II.9." Journal of the American Musicological Society 65:2012, 637-90.  Il codice J.II.9 della Biblioteca Nazionale Universitaria di Torino (“Codex J.II.9 of the National and University Library, Turin”). Facsimile edition with Introductory Study. Ars Nova 4. Lucca: Libreria Musicale Italiana, 1999, 119 pp. + 320 photographic plates.  The Manuscript Ivrea, Biblioteca Capitolare 115: Studies in the Transmission and Composition of Ars Nova Polyphony. Musicological Studies 69. Ottawa: The Institute of Mediaeval Music, 1997, xvii + 285 pp. Professional activities and service: 2019 Senior Research Fellow, Leibniz Institute for European History, Mainz, Germany; Visiting Fellow, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin; 2016- Principal Investigator, ERC Advanced Grant Music and Late Medieval European Court Cultures (malmecc.eu); 2016- Project Leader, HERA JRP Sound Memories: The Musical Past in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe (soundme.eu); 2014-2015 Senior Fellow-in-Residence, Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study; 2014 Christensen Visiting Fellow, St Catherine’s College, University of Oxford; 2012 Member, Academia Europaea; 2011-2013 Head, Department of Media and Culture Studies (MCW), Faculty of Humanities, Utrecht University; 2009-14 President, Royal Society for Music History of The Netherlands; 2004-2018 Director, Research MA Program in Musicology, Utrecht University; 2004-2017 Leader, Research Group Musicology, Utrecht University; 1998-2004 Research Fellow/Assistant/Associate Professor, The University of Hong Kong; 2003 Universitas 21 Fellow, University of Melbourne; 2002 Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Chicago; Reviewer and/or Board Member for Journal of the American Musicological Society, Musica Disciplina, Journal of the Alamire Foundation, Journal of Musicology, Plainsong and Medieval Music, Acta Musicologica; Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart; British Academy, European Research Council, Australian Research Council, Research Grants Council Hong Kong, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, MacArthur Fellowship Programme, Israel Science Foundation, Netherlands Institute of Advanced Study, Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research.


Anne Latowsky. Associate Professor of French, University of South Florida, Tampa. Ph.D. 2004  French Studies, University of Washington, Seattle   Diplôme de pensionnaire étranger, École Normale Supérieure, Paris, 1999 M.A. 1996  French Literature, University of Washington, Seattle B.A. 1992  History, French, University of Wisconsin, Madison; Université de Provence, Aix-Marseille II (1990-1991). Statement of Purpose: I am a medievalist with a Ph.D. in French Studies and training in medieval history. Throughout my career I have worked on Latin and vernacular texts and written about Latin biography, historiography, Old French epic, and fabliaux. As a graduate and undergraduate director in a large modern language department, in which I am one of two medievalists, I am keenly attuned to the challenges facing medieval studies at public universities. Given my interdisciplinary scholarship, I often serve on search committees in medieval history and classics, which has given me a broad perspective on the state of related premodern disciplines.   One of the best aspects of my job is the diversity of our student body. The advanced French students at USF Tampa represent multicultural and multilingual Florida. Many students in my classes are native Spanish speakers, many are Haitian, and a growing number are North African. I have read the Song of Roland with multiple Muslim students, a challenge that has helped me rethink my role in presenting difficult material. Some of my most passionate graduate students in Old French and medieval literature classes have come from families originally from Puerto Rico, Colombia, Venezuela, Haiti, and Morocco. I also have many students who are the first in their family to attend college. As someone working to adapt medieval coursework to the needs of a consistently diverse and international group of students, I would bring this experience to the governance of the Medieval Academy as it too seeks to broaden its appeal. Scholarly interests: Medieval French Literature, Latin Historiography, Medieval Biography, Carolingian Studies. Selected publications: Emperor of the World: Charlemagne and the Construction of Imperial Authority, 800-1229. Cornell University Press, 2013; “Charlemagne, Godfrey, and Louis IX,” in The Cambridge Companion to the Literature of the Crusades, ed. Anthony Bale. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018 (forthcoming), 200-214; “I Think This Bacon is Wearing Shoes: Comedy and Murder in the Old French Fabliaux,” in Medieval and Early Modern Murder: Legal, Literary and Historical Contexts, ed. Larissa Tracy. Boydell & Brewer, 2018, 159-178; “Foreign Embassies and Roman Universality in Einhard’s Life of Charlemagne.” Florilegium: Journal of the Canadian Society of Medievalists 22 (2005): 25-57. (Van Courtlandt Elliott Prize winner, 2007). Professional activities and service: Executive Committee member, Southeastern Medieval Association (SEMA) 2007-2010, 2013-2016; Program Committee Member, Biennial New College Conference on Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 2004-to present; Advisory Council, La Société Rencesvals American Canadian Brand, 2009-2012; Executive Committee, Florida MedievaList, 2007- 2010; National Endowment for the Humanities, Faculty Research Fellowship recipient, 2009; NEH Summer Stipend award, Jury member, 2011; Member, board of review editors for H-France 2014-2017; Member, board of review editors for The Medieval Review 2011-2013.



Catherine M. Mooney. Associate Professor of Church History, Boston College. Ph.D., History, Yale, 1991; M. Phil., History, Yale, 1986; M.A., History, Yale, 1986; M.T.S, Harvard Divinity School, 1977; B.A., History, St. Louis University, 1974. Statement of Purpose: I support MAA initiatives to broaden the study of medieval cultures beyond narrow geographical borders and Christian history. My global experience living for two years or more each in Europe for research; rural northern Argentina during its military dictatorship, teaching campesinos and advocating for indigenous rights; and post-apartheid South Africa teaching and co-coordinating an interdisciplinary Gender Studies Master’s program at the University of the Witswatersrand anchors my interests in diversity. For decades I have been involved in human rights and justice initiatives. Along these lines, I applaud the new attention to constituencies formerly marginalized for reasons of race, sexuality, religion, and gender. The MAA should fortify efforts to combat stereotypes of medieval cultures and underline their diversity by encouraging scholars to publish and speak out through media accessible to the wider public, including the web, social media, visual media, etc. We should support younger scholars, independent scholars, adjuncts and part-timers through travel and research support. My early career experience as a high school teacher could contribute to the MAA’s K-12 initiatives. I believe the MAA should encourage scholars to publish more works involving the highest quality and often painstaking research, and fewer reflecting less rigorous investigation in response to bean-counting pressures to publish. I am known for speaking frankly at meetings, consensus-building, and a collaborative work style. I believe our discourse in the field should be marked by a willingness to disagree vociferously, all the while remaining open to learn from others’ perspectives in a spirit of courteous dialogue. Scholarly interests: Christian hagiography; cultural history of spirituality; church history; women, sex and gender; global missionary initiatives. Selected publications: Clare of Assisi and the Thirteenth-Century Church: Religious Women, Rules, and Resistance (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2016); Gendered Voices: Medieval Saints and Their Interpreters, editor and contributor of two essays (University of Pennsylvania Press, 1999); Philippine Duchesne: A Woman with the Poor (Paulist Press, 1990), trans. into Japanese (2000), Bahasa Indonesia (2012), Korean (2015), 2d ed. in Spanish (forthcoming 2018); “Wondrous Words: Catherine of Siena’s Miraculous Reading and Writing According to the Early Sources” in Catherine of Siena: The Making of a Cult, ed. Jeffrey Hamburger and Gabriela Signori, Medieval Women: Texts and Contexts [MWTC] (Brepols, 2013). Professional activities and service: Medieval Academy of America Mentorship Program (2018); Monastic Matrix Advisory Board (2006 to present); Truth, Healing and Reconciliation Committee of the Religious of the Sacred Heart, a international order investigating its slave-holding past and establishing anti-racist initiatives (2016-present); Franciscan Life and Ministry Directorate (2016-present); Ignacio Martín-Baró Fund for Mental Health and Human Rights Board Member (1990 to present); Joseph A. Doino Fellow in Franciscan Studies (2009); Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship Advisory Board (2005-2007); Co-founder (2005) and Coordinator (2005-2008) of Medieval Foremothers Society; Co-coordinator, Gender Studies Program, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa (1999-2001); Co-curator, “Anti-Apartheid Struggle, 1960s-1990,” South African History Archive, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg (1999);  Women's Studies Advisory Board, Virginia Commonwealth University (1992-1999); NEH awards (summer 1994; 1995-1996); Curriculum Resource Consultant, Centro de Educación Popular, Argentina (1986-1992).


 

 

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Jessica L. Goldberg. Associate Professor, University of California, Los Angeles. B.A., Harvard University; M.A. in Education, Bank Street School of Education; M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D. Columbia University. Statement of Purpose: As a medievalist with interests in more than one traditionally-defined field, my training and research have always depended on teaching, mentorship and collaboration across multiple disciplines and institutions. If elected, I hope to build on these connections to continue to broaden the geographic, temporal and methodological range of members and officer candidates. But my broader interest in the MAA's future lies in its greater fostering of education at all levels, and particularly in efforts to expand access and collaboration in the next century. Perhaps because my own training required teaching and mentorship from generous scholars from many institutions, I see a role for the Academy in fostering multi-institutional connections to support broader teaching of medieval materials, particularly by more intensively exploiting digital possibilities. In my own work, I have pursued these ends both by long-term participation in projects to digitize medieval materials, and more recently by experimenting with collaborative courses taught simultaneously in a classroom and by on-line participation. The most recent seminar I organized was taught by senior faculty, junior faculty and an advanced graduate student at six different institutions and attended by graduate students and faculty located up to nine time zones apart. If I undertook such activities in response to shrinking pools of medievalists even at a large research institution that leave holes in the teaching of teaching of technical skills to graduate students, it has also made me more acutely aware that colleagues at smaller institutions often have no opportunity to teach in their areas of expertise, and also lack ready access to specialized teaching material outside their own research areas. These problems impoverish the medieval teaching we can offer at all levels. I would like to see the Academy foster new ways of bringing the astonishing expertise of its members to as broad a community of learners as possible. Scholarly interests: Medieval European Economic and Social History, Medieval Islamic Economic and Social History, Medieval European Legal History. Selected publications: Trade and Institutions in the Medieval Mediterranean: The Geniza Merchants and their Business World (Cambridge Studies in Economic History, Cambridge University Press, August 2012); “Choosing and Enforcing Business relationships in the Eleventh-century Mediterranean: re-examining the ‘Maghribī traders’,” Past & Present, 215 no. 2 (August 2012): 3-40“The Legal Persona of the Child in Gratian’s Decretum,” Bulletin of Medieval Canon Law 24 (2000): 10-53; Co-editor with Eve Krakowski, Special triple issue of Jewish History, "Documentary Geniza Research in the 21st Century: A Handbook" (in press, publication date Nov. 2018). Contributions include: "Editor's Introduction" with Eve Krakowski; "Writing Geniza History: Methods, Problems, Prospects"; "Mercantile Letters"; "Lists and Tables"  Professional activities and service: Editorial Board, ViatorContributor, Princeton Geniza Project; Faculty Mentor in mentorship program of the Association for Jewish Studies.




Kathy Lavezzo. Professor, University of iowa. Ph.D. in English, University of California, Santa Barbara; M.A. in English, University of Virginia; B.A. in Economics and English, UCLA. Statement of Purpose: I support the continued development of an inclusive and diverse leadership in MAA.  Inclusivity and diversity involves incorporating many communities beyond the dominant cohort of tenured professors: K-12 teachers, scholars of non-western locales, graduate students, untenured scholars, and medievalists of color, to name a few.  Scholarly interests: Middle English literature, Chaucer, nationhood, "race," ethnicity, anti-Semitism, cultural geography. Selected publications: Imagining a Medieval English Nation (U of Minnesota P, 2003), Angels on the Edge of the World: Geography, Literature and English Identity, 1000-1534 (Cornell UP, 2006); The Accommodated Jew: English Antisemitism from Bede to Milton (Cornell UP, 2016); (with Roze Hentschell) Essays in Memory of Richard Helgerson: Laureations (U of Delaware P, 2011)). Professional activities and service: Executive Committee, Division on Chaucer, Modern Language Association (2011-15; Chair, 2014), spearheaded effort to retain Chaucer Division in the Modern Language Association; Executive Committee, Medieval Association of Place and Space (MAPS), (2013-present); Nominating Committee, New Chaucer Society (2009), Editorial Board, postmedieval; Editorial Board, Philological Quarterly; Evaluator, American Philosophical Society; Referee, PMLA, Speculum, SAC, Modern Philology, Exemplaria and other journals; Director, U of Iowa General Education in Literature Program; Director of Graduate Studies, U of Iowa.




Ann Marie Rasmussen. Right Honourable John G. Diefenbaker Memorial Chair in German Literary Studies, University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. PhD, Yale University; BA, University of Oregon. Statement of Purpose: The Medieval Academy of America provides a unique, stable platform, nationally and internationally, for concerned professionals in medieval studies to share conversations across disciplines and institutions, to discuss the challenges and opportunities we face as medieval studies scholars and academics, and to shape thoughtful responses. I believe that the strongest and most creative solutions are found when all voices are honored and heard. Key issues facing us are: meeting and embracing the opportunities and challenges of the digital age in teaching, research, and publishing; taking considered action to support the precarious workforce in medieval studies; opening medieval studies up to new ideas, approaches and questions while safeguarding the integrity of medieval scholarship; and securing a robust future for medieval studies. Scholarly interests: literature and culture of Germanic-language-speaking lands; gender studies; cultural history; Arthuriana; courtly love; medieval badges. Selected publications: Wandering Genitalia: Sexuality and the Body in German Culture between the Late Middle Ages and Early Modernity, King's College London Medieval Studies, Occasional Series 2. London: Centre for Late Antique & Medieval Studies, King's College, London, 2009;    Ladies, Whores, and Holy Women: A Sourcebook in Courtly, Religious, and Urban Cultures of Late Medieval Germany, with Introductory Essays, eds. and trans. by Ann Marie Rasmussen and Sarah Westphal-Wihl. Medieval Institute Publications: Kalamazoo, MI., 2010;    “Materiality and Meaning: What a Medieval Badge Can Tell Us about Translation,” in Un/Translatables. New Maps for German Literatures, eds. Catriona McLoed and Bethany Wiggin. Chicago: Northwestern University Press, 2016, pp. 215-228.   Rivalrous Masculinities: New Directions in Medieval Gender Studies, ed. Ann Marie Rasmussen. South Bend, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, forthcoming 2019. Professional activities and service: Envisioned, initiated, and led planning and adoption of the Carolina-Duke Graduate Program in German Studies (2004-2008). Extensive work w/ Modern Language Association, including serving on executive committees for Division for German Literature to 1700 (2000-2005; 2013-2018); Arthurian Literature (2011-2016); Executive Committee, ADFL (Association of Departments of Foreign Languages) (2010-2013); Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for Studies in Germanic Languages and Literatures, (2002; 2004; 2014.; Nominating Committee (2014, Chair 2015). ACLS External Evaluator (2011; 2012; 2015; 2016; 2017); administrative service at Duke University (Chair and Director of Graduate Studies for Department of Germanic Languages and Literature; Chair, Executive Committee of the Graduate Faculty); external program reviewer, tenure reviewer; extensive and intensive contacts with colleagues and departments working in medieval studies in Austria, Germany and Switzerland.



Sif Rikhardsdottir. Professor of Comparative Literature and Vice-Chair of the Institute of Research in Literature and Visual Arts, University of Iceland. Ph.D. in Comparative Literature and English, Washington University, St. Louis; MA in Comparative Literature and German, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; BA in Comparative Literature and Icelandic, University of Iceland and University of Konstanz, Germany. Statement of Purpose: Any involvement in an administrative capacity or in a governing body is an opportunity to facilitate change, to uphold values considered significant, and to support a field that one holds dear and so it is always a great pleasure to be given the opportunity to do so. Having lived more than half of my life in the US and in Europe before taking up a post in Iceland I find myself frequently hovering between the two. I would therefore consider this an opportunity to foster multiculturalism and its associated values of diversity and inclusivity within the MAA. Given my own American academic background, I value higher education in the US highly. I am therefore devoted to maintaining the opportunities that I was given as a student to pursue an education in the US that shaped not only my thinking, but altered the course of my life. Following the exemplary leadership of Lisa Fagin Davis and the President of the MAA I would seek to foster an international and multi-faceted community of medieval scholars. My emphasis would be twofold; on the one hand to support the teaching and research of medieval subjects in institutions across the US and on the other to promote the MAA beyond US borders. Ultimately, I am invested in the global Middle Ages and strongly believe in the MAA’s unique position to lead the field in these challenging times. Scholarly interests: Medieval European literature, comparative studies, gender studies, history of emotion. Selected publications: Emotion in Old Norse Literature: Translations, Voices, Contexts (Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 2017); Medieval Translations and Cultural Discourse: The Movement of Texts in England, France and Scandinavia (Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 2012); “Medieval Emotionality: The Feeling Subject in Medieval Literature,” Comparative Literature 69:1 (2017); “The Gawain Poet,” in Oxford Handbooks Online, ed. James Simpson (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014). Professional activities and service: MAA Leeds IMC Program Committee (2016-2020, as Interim Chair in 2017, Chair in 2020); Chair of Comparative Literature, University of Iceland (2012-2014); President of the Nordic Branch of the International Arthurian Society (from 2016); Associate Executive Director for Congresses, New Chaucer Society (2009-2014); Chair of Local Arrangement Committee and member of Program Committee, New Chaucer Society (2014); Board member and co-founder of the Centre for Cognitive Studies, UoI (from 2012); Series Editor Boydell & Brewer (from 2017); member of editorial board Filologia Classica e Medievale, L’Erma di Bretschneider (from 2018); panel member/Chair for Humanities in the European Research Area (HERA) (2013-2015), Irish Research Council (IRC) (2017-2018), Icelandic Centre for Research (2013-2015); Head of Graduate Studies Committee, UoI (2012-2014); Member of Science Committee for the School of Humanities, UoI (2018-2020); Member of Departmental Council, UoI (2016-2018); external reviewer for academic journals (including Speculum) and international funding bodies.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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