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Lettre d’information CARMEN 8 novembre 2011

1. CARMEN Annual Meeting in Madrid−Segovia 2011

- a/ Report from CARMEN Annual Meeting in Madrid−Segovia (by Simon Forde)

The 2011 Annual Meeting of CARMEN took place on 9−11 September 2011 at the Centro de Ciencias Humanas y Sociales of the CSIC (Madrid) and the IE University (Segovia). About 60−70 people attended.

The first day (Friday) was held in the impressive new buildings of the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC). The CSIC Director, Prof. Eduardo Manzano, introduced a series of successful international collaborative research projects in which the CSIC were involved. Drs Esperanza Alfonso and Therese Martin outlined two such medieval projects. Dr Alfonso’s project is entitled : ‘The Intellectual and Material Legacies of Late-Medieval Sephardic Judaism : An Interdisciplinary Approach’ and is funded by a four-year Starting Grant from the European Research Council (see here). Dr Martin, previously from the University of Arizona, moved to the CSIC to undertake her project ‘Reassessing the Roles of Women as “Makers” of Medieval Art and Architecture’, which will provide 1.2m euros from 2011 to 2014 to support a team of three postdocs (including ones from North America) and four PhD studentships (see here). Both scholars outlined the application and assessment procedures for ‘Starting Grants’, what the panels were seeking, and some of the challenges they have faced.

In the afternoon, Dr Elizabeth Tyler led an open discussion about the need to focus research on ‘global challenges’ and to make contacts outside the Humanities ; about the long gestation time involved in establishing networks ; and emphasising that CARMEN was aiming to foster networks of all types, including those that did not require financial support. This meeting had a large number of new representatives, so it was useful to recapitulate and adapt where necessary the aims of CARMEN and what it could offer participants from across the world.

The second day (Saturday) took place at the IE University’s home in the earliest Dominican house in Spain (Santa Cruz la Real). The cloisters proved the ideal location for the CARMEN ‘Market Place’ where about fifteen stall-holders presented their university’s research interests. The afternoon built on the informal meetings and contacts developed in the morning, so that the following project groups could discuss collaborative possibilities in the coming year :

a) ‘Medieval Graduate School’ – a working group was set up so that by the time of the next CARMEN meeting we would have established clear parameters for the project, some pilot courses for this programme, and have an understanding of the technological, pedagogical and financial and administrative infrastructure required. It was agreed that courses would be optional for students and would not involve credit-transfer. But there was clearly demand in countries like Brazil, with growing numbers of students but insufficient medievalists as tutors.

b) ‘Forum for the National Associations’ – 10 national associations or institutions were represented : Australia & New Zealand, Brazil, China, France, Germany (and the German-speaking countries), Paraguay, Portugal, Spain, the UK and the USA. Apologies were received from six others (Argentina, Chile, Korea, Mexico, the Netherlands & Flanders, and Peru). We had no representatives this year from Canada nor Taiwan. The discussions focused on better ways of communicating among each other, and using CARMEN as an information exchange.

c) ‘Health and Disability’ – two topic areas were explored : one around the history of disability and societies’ approach to people with disabilities ; and one on ‘Cognitive Development, Cognitive Decline : Medieval and Renaissance Experiences for Pre-school Children and for Adults with Mild Cognitive Impairment’. The idea is to capitalize on children’s innate interest in the Middle Ages (dragons, castles, knights, princesses, etc.) to give them a fuller sense of the importance of the past generally and to curb the progress of Alzheimer’s disease by having mildly cognitively impaired adults interact with the children. Both groups benefit in (we hope) measurable ways from the interaction.

For further information on the first, Disability in the Middle Ages : Social, Economic and Demographic Aspects, please, visit the site. When interested to join ‘Cognitive Development, Cognitive Decline : Medieval and Renaissance Experiences for Pre-school Children and for Adults with Mild Cognitive Impairment’ project, please contact CARMEN.

d) ‘Being Controlled by Nature ? Long-term Approaches to Managing the Environment’, was the tentative initial title for a project that would be developed. The consensus was that there was merit in researching into historical insights into how man thinks it can manage and control nature, but how this often fails, and how such insights could assist modern engineers (forestry, water management), particularly preventing an overly mechanistic approach and leading environmental action towards a more holistic approach.

e) ‘Saints’ Cults : Symbols that Bind and Break Communities’ – this ESF-funded project fostered by CARMEN held an interim business meeting, following their inaugural meeting at Leeds in July. They were focused on a general meeting of the three projects on ‘Regional Identity’ to be held in Budapest in November (see further here).

f) ‘Investing in the Past’ – chaired by Felicitas Schmieder and examining different ways that modern societies deal with their own histories, whether populist myth-making, collective memories, telling and educating themselves about their historic roles in the world, or more scholarly-led processes of public engagement with the past.

The participation from Latin America was extremely welcome, and several areas of mutually beneficial partnership were discussed (especially in Brazil, where student demand for historical studies were outstripping the ability of the universities to cope). Likewise, people were very impressed with the research being done at Zhejiang University and delighted by Hong Shen’s attendance. People were very supportive of the developments in China described by Hong Shen, who is busy setting up a national association of medieval and Renaissance studies in mainland China, using contacts at Zhejiang University, Peking University, Fudan University, East China Normal University and South-west University.

The participants benefited from the glorious weather and settings in Madrid and Segovia, with ample time in Segovia to wander around the old city, to enjoy the refreshments under the Roman aqueduct, and taste the local speciality (suckling pig) in the famous Mesón Cándido. Many thanks are due to Julio Escalona from the CSIC and Miguel Larrañaga from the IE University in Segovia for pulling everything together so well.

- b/ CARMEN-generated project call for “Disability in the Middle Ages : Social, Economic and Demographic Aspects”

The project focuses on processes of change from the earlier to the later Middle Ages of cultural, social and economic aspects of physical impairment. Changes for disabled people in legal matters, attitudes to alms-giving and charity as a reaction to poverty and begging, and hence change in economic circumstances, are central themes. The importance of institutions such as hospitals in connection with provisions for the physically disabled is used to illuminate changes in attitudes. This project will not just be of interest to those concerned with disability issues, since an understanding of the social aspects of medieval disability would shed light on wider cultural attitudes. For further information, please, visit the site or contact Irina Metzler.

- c/ CARMEN-related call : Eurocorecode Scheme organises Master’s Thesis Award

Eurocorecode is an ESF-programme over regional dynamics in European history down the ages. Two of the three research projects were fostered by CARMEN ("Saints’ Cults" and "Cuius regio").

MA theses in a topic related to the research area are eligible for a 1000-euro prize and all your expenses will be paid to attend a concluding conference of the research groups in 2013 (see attached EUROCORE MASTER THESIS AWARD). Deadline 14 December 2012.

2. Grant calls : information

- a/ HERA scheme for Joint Research Programmes is back !

A new €18 million Joint Research Programme on Cultural Encounters will be launched early 2012. In order to facilitate the building of international research partnerships, applications are now invited from researchers to attend a “matchmaking” event that will take place 21 February 2012 in Berlin. Deadline for the match-making event is 30 November 2011.

For further information visit the website.

- b/ An Open Letter to the European Commissioner for Research and Innovation, Maire Geoghegan-Quinn : Europe needs a large Social Sciences and Humanities-centred research programme to tackle its "Grand Societal Challenges" !

A call for more substantial support for Social Sciences and Humanities in Europe — under the new European Framework Programme Horizon 2020 (2014−2020) — can be signed here. For final version of the letter, see here. Let the researchers’ voice be heard.

(German readers, please, see attached the text of the call and information in German under "Sondermeldungen").

3. Job openings

- a/ University of New Mexico, Department of English Language and Literature, seeks Assistant or Associate Professor in Old English Language & Literature. Deadline, 21 November 2011 (For further information, see attached UNM ANGLO-SAXONIST POSITION).

b/ Announcement of a position in medieval English literature at Columbus State University. Review of applications will begin 10 November 2011, and continue until the position is filled.

For information, please, see here.

The Department of English invites PhDs in medieval literature to apply for a tenure-track position at the assistant professor rank. The department currently enrols about 200 undergraduate majors in four tracks : Literature, Professional Writing, Creative Writing, and English and Secondary Education. The candidate hired will teach upper division courses in his/her area of specialty, world literature, and core English courses. Summer teaching optional. The department has a strong tradition of participation in interdisciplinary courses and study abroad programs.

Columbus State University provides a creative, deeply personal and relevant college experience. Serving the Southeast while attracting students from around the world, Columbus State thrives on community
partnerships to deliver excellence for students who want to achieve personal and professional success in an increasingly global environment. Just 100 miles southwest of Atlanta, Columbus State University is a
proud member of the University System of Georgia, enrolling more than 8,400 students in a wide variety of degree programs, from online degrees to a doctorate in education.

CSU has a nationally recognized track record of partnership and outreach through efforts such as the Cunningham Center for Leadership Development, Coca-Cola Space Science Center, Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center, and its own residence – the Spencer House – in Oxford, England. The University has two primary campus locations in Columbus, Georgia : the original campus on 150 acres in midtown Columbus and a beautiful campus in historic downtown Columbus overlooking the
Chattahoochee River. The Columbus region, with more than 350,000 residents, is home to world-class enterprises such as Aflac, Synovus, W.C. Bradley Company, TSYS and Ft. Benning, the U.S. Army’s Maneuver Center of Excellence headquarters.

For additional information about the University visit our website.

Minimum Qualifications : The position requires a PhD in English with emphasis in medieval literature. A successful criminal background check will be required as a condition of employment.

Application Procedures : For full consideration, submit a letter of application, current curriculum vitae, copy of transcripts, three letters of recommendation, and a teaching portfolio with sample syllabi to :
Dr Susan Hrach, Department of English, Columbus State University,
4225 University Avenue, Columbus, Georgia 31907-5645.

Review of applications will begin November 10, 2011, and continue until the position is filled. Applications for part-time and full-time faculty positions must include transcripts of all academic work, and official transcripts must be presented prior to campus visit if selected for interview. Ability to meet Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) requirements, in particular a minimum of 18 graduate hours in the teaching discipline. Columbus State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer, Committed to Diversity in Hiring.

4. Bursaries

a/ The Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies, Toronto, invites applications for Diploma Programme in Manuscript Studies 2012

The programme consists of five core courses, including Latin Palaeography, Diplomatics, Codicology, and Textual Editing. The Pontifical Institute offers 12 scholarships of up to $6,000 CAD per year to attend the Diploma Programme (see attached PIMSDiploma-Programme-flyer-2012). Deadline : 1 February 2012.

b/ Pre- and Postdoctoral Fellowships : Learned Practices of Canonical Texts, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin

Learned Practices of Canonical Texts : Pre- and Postdoctoral Fellowships, 2012
Institution Type : Nonprofit
Location : Germany
Position : Post-Doctoral Fellow

The Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin (MPIWG) offers a limited number of two-month pre- and postdoctoral fellowships for outstanding junior scholars in the final stage of completing their
dissertations or within 4 years of having received the doctorate. Dissertation topics should be related to the ongoing research project in Department II Learned Practices of Canonical Texts (Organizers : Anthony Grafton, Glenn Most) ; project description herel.

This research project examines historically and comparatively the scholarly practices associated with canonical texts especially in the following linguistic traditions : ancient Greek ; Latin ; Hebrew ; Arabic ; the languages of the Indian subcontinent ; Chinese. Approximately six senior and six junior scholars (the positions advertised here are for the latter six) will constitute a Working Group at the MPIWG in Berlin from 6 July 2012 to 17 August 2012. Each participant will arrive with a preliminary version of a chapter on one aspect of this topic for a collective publication, to be presented to and discussed by the other members of the group. All participants will then spend those six weeks working together to turn these chapters into a more unified book. The topic of the dissertation or postdoctoral research project must be pertinent to the research project and should come from the linguistic traditions indicated. Applicants working on non-European topics are especially encouraged to apply.

The fellowships are open to doctoral candidates and recent PhDs of all nationalities and disciplines, except those who have already received three years of Max Planck Society pre-doctoral fellowship funding. The colloquium language is English and candidates are expected to be able to present and discuss their work in that language. Applications may however be submitted in German, French, Italian, Spanish, or English. The fellowships will run from 1 July 2012 − 31 August 2012 and will include funds to cover round-trip travel between the fellows home institution and Berlin and a stipend for living expenses during this period. The MPIWG offers all resident scholars office space, computer and library support.

Applicants should send the following materials by 2 January 2012 :

1. Curriculum vitae and list of publications.
2. Brief (maximum 750 words) description of dissertation, in which its relevance to this ongoing MPIWG research project is made clear.
3. One chapter of the dissertation or a scholarly article, pertinent to the project (no longer than 40 pages), preferably in PDF form.
4. One letter of recommendation from dissertation advisor endorsing the candidate and his/her involvement in the MPIWG Working Group. (Letters should be sent separately.)

Applications and letters of recommendation should be sent to :
Max-Planck-Institut fr Wissenschaftsgeschichte
Verwaltung (PrePostdoc Dept.2)
Boltzmannstrae 22
14195 Berlin

(Electronic submission is also possible here)

For information see here at Max Planck Institute for the History of Science.

Successful applicants will be informed by the end of January 2012. Questions concerning stipends and the MPIWG should be addressed to the MPIWG Research Coordinator, Mr Jochen Schneider.
Applications from women are especially welcomed. The Max Planck Society is committed to employing more handicapped individuals and encourages them to apply.

c/ H.E. van Gelder Research Fellowship at the Geldmuseum (Numismatics Museum) in Utrecht

Bursary for highly promising researchers who have received a doctorate within the last three years (see attached VanGelder_Museum_Research fellowship), and who wish to undertake research in an area related to the holdings of the museum. If you are interested but need the notice translating, then please contact Simon Forde. Deadline for submissions : 1 December 2011.