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Upcoming Webinars!
Medieval Academy Webinar Series - Medieval Freelancing 101
Session 2: Working Beyond Academia, September 22, 2020, 1-2:30pm EDT


Race, Racism, and Our Institutions and Disciplines, September 18, 2020, 3-5pm EDT 



Recorded Webinars


Medieval Academy Webinar Series - Medieval Freelancing 101

Session 1: Para-academic Work
Recorded September 8,2020

Session 2: Working Beyond Academia, September 22, 2020, 1-2:30pm EDT

Although many medievalists are occupied with the challenges of the classroom this fall, others have not returned to teaching this semester, due in great measure to COVID-19 budget cuts. In addition, many medievalists who work in non-teaching environments have seen their salaries reduced or positions eliminated due to pandemic-related financial exigencies. Such cuts are felt keenly throughout the ranks of MAA membership.

Fellow medievalists employed beyond the professoriate have much to bring to the discussion in this time of crisis. Some have built careers in para-academic activities as professional proofreaders, indexers, editors, and translators, while others have gone further afield to work in online publishing, tourism, or publicly oriented scholarship. This two-webinar series will turn to our colleagues to empower fellow medievalists to seek out new employment opportunities using the skills we all share. Both webinars will run for 90 minutes to include discussion from the audience; the first session will address para-academic work, and the second will examine outward-facing employment opportunities.

With the caveat that a successful freelance career can take years to develop, these webinars aim to provide a “beginning freelancer’s toolkit” to explore some of the following:

  • How to monetize skills gained in training as a medievalist;
  • Efforts needed to establish and expand a business (marketing, networking, rates, etc.);
  • What hard skills are useful outside of the training medievalists normally receive;
  • Resources available for related sectors;
  • What the beginner should expect when starting off.

Race, Racism, and Teaching the Middle Ages
Recorded Monday, 20 July, 2020

In the wake of recent events and ongoing racially motivated violence, there have been many institutional responses to raise awareness of race and racism in the U.S. and beyond. This is one such response. Since many of us are educators who will return to the classroom in one form or another in the coming year, this webinar is focused on pedagogy and concrete strategies for teaching race and racism in their medieval forms and as they appear in medieval studies. Our four speakers will discuss what they do in the classroom and library to approach this complex topic with the goal of engendering ideas and texts that can be put in place as soon as this fall.


Online Teaching for Medieval Studies: Philosophies, Learning Plans, and Promising Tools

Thinking and Teaching Online: Best-Practices and Inspired Learning at a Distance

Recorded Tuesday 14 July 2020

Techniques and Tools for Teaching, Learning, and Researching Online: Manuscripts, Mapping, and Modeling
Recorded Tuesday 21 July 2020

This two-part webinar focuses on approaches to teaching the Middle Ages for online learning. The webinars are designed to help medievalists of all disciplines adopt and adapt existing strategies, platforms, and tools for teaching online in the fall of 2020 and beyond. Understanding that most institutions have their own required training sessions and online learning platforms, these webinars showcase ideas behind critical pedagogies for online learning with tools and applications specifically designed by and oriented for use by medievalists. The goal of these webinars is to bring together scholars proficient in online learning and design to give an overview of best practices and how medievalists can use and maximize the many DH offerings for learning and research that currently exist. Each webinar will reserve half of the allotted time (1 hour) to address the pedagogical philosophies of teaching and learning online, followed by a series of 'Tool Talks' (1.5 hours), featuring a selection of medievalist-friendly digital tools for use with students. We will reserve time to address questions after each section to foster a scholarly exchange about approaches to teaching and learning.

Both webinars will be recorded and made available through the MAA YouTube Channel. In addition, we will also partner with the Middle Ages for Educators site to embed the shorter ‘Tool Talks,’ accompanied by linked materials which might include further readings, suggestions for assessment, or relevant online resources. We anticipate adding to these throughout the summer, even after the conclusion of this webinar series.


The Mother of All Pandemics: The State of Black Death Research in the Era of COVID-19
Recorded Friday 15 May 2020

This panel brings together leading researchers on the Second Plague Pandemic. We will discuss why work in genetics has transformed the kinds of questions that historians and researchers in allied fields (bioarchaeology, genetics, climate history, literary studies, and art history) can now ask about this pandemic. For many of these questions, we're still dealing only with hypotheses and fragmentary evidence. But the very fact that researchers from across these many disciplines now recognize the urgency of talking together signals that the field has made an important shift.

In and Beyond the Digital: Career Pathways for Humanists

Recorded Wednesday, May 13, 2020

In this moment of global crisis, medievalists and all those who work in the humanities face a period of increased uncertainty about the environments in which they work and operate. The National Endowment for the Humanities is a federal agency dedicated to supporting humanistic endeavors across the nation. In this talk, Hannah Alpert-Abrams from the Office of Digital Humanities speaks about career pathways for humanists in and beyond the digital, and about the role of the humanities in uncertain times. Dr. Alpert-Abrams’ presentation is followed by a discussion period, moderated by the MAA’s Digital Humanities and Multimedia Committee. Although members of the MAA’s Graduate Student Association are the primary audience for the presentation, all were welcome.

Virtual 2020 Annual Meeting

Recorded March 27-29, 2020


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