Extrait d'enluminure

CARMEN The Worldwide Medieval Network, December 2015 Newsletter


The next annual meeting of CARMEN with the theme “Futures” will take place in Essen, Germany, 9-11 September 2016, organised by the Historical Institute at the University of Duisburg-Essen. More info to follow throughout the year.
For more information

2. New CARMEN Executive Committee

We are growing ! Check our new CARMEN Executive Committee structure> here.
Please note that the Secretary General’s position is now held by Dr. Nada Zečevič (Central European University, Budapest). Kateřina Horníčková continues to administer the CARMEN website.

3. CARMEN and the European Alliance for Social Sciences and Humanities (EASSH)

The CARMEN Worldwide Medieval Network has joined the European Alliance for Social Sciences and Humanities. Cristina Pimenta attended the EASSH General Assembly that took place in Brussels on 28 October 2015 on behalf of CARMEN.

Along with the programme and the list of participants, the 2015 General Assembly minutes are now available here

4. Arc Medieval Press Announcement : New Senior Acquisitions Editor

CARMEN’s own publishing house, Arc Medieval Press, is proud to announce that Erika Gaffney has just been appointed as Senior Acquisitions Editor. Erika was formerly the publishing manager at Ashgate’s North American office working in medieval and early modern studies.

Over 7250 medievalists and early modernists have recently petitioned Ashgate’s new owners to restore their US and UK offices and staff. With Erika Gaffney’s appointment Arc, together with its partners Medieval Institute Publications in Kalamazoo and Amsterdam University Press, will be able to offer a perfect home for future Ashgate-style publications in : Literary, historical and interdisciplinary studies in the medieval and early modern periods
· Visual cultures, 1200-1700
· Research into the medieval globe, including area studies
Read More

Many thanks to all who attended CARMEN’S annual meeting this year in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. We had an exciting few days of sessions, networking, and seeing not only the site where the First World War started, several emotive locations in the more recent Bosnian war, but also the atmospheric Ottoman city centre which is a UNESCO world heritage site, and the plethora of mosques alongside churches and synagogues.

News on Jobs, Bursaries and Research Positions

Project Announcements
1. A new Digital Humanities project at the Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW), commencing 2015 : “Digitising Patterns of Power (DPP) : Peripherical Mountains in the Medieval World”, funded within the programme “Digital Humanities : Langzeitprojekte zum kulturellen Erbe”.
DPP focuses on the depiction and analysis of space and place in medieval written sources, the interaction between built and natural environment, appropriation of space and the emergence of new political, religious and economic structures of power. DPP compares three regions of the medieval world : the Eastern Alps (6th-12th cent.), the historical region of Macedonia (12th-14th cent.) and historical Southern Armenia (5th-11th cent.). Historical and archaeological data will be digitised, combined and geo-referenced with the help of tools deriving from Digital Humanities (data basis – using the OpenAtlas-system, geo-visualisation and spatial analysis, quantitative and correspondence analysis). Data and results will be presented online as open access and linked to other data repositories.
Please consult the following web-site for further information

Fellowships and Awards
1. Mellon Junior Faculty Fellowhip in Medieval studies – Medieval Institute, Notre Dame Further details

Deadline : February 15, 2016
Type : Full Time, Salary unspecified

2. Awards at the American Center of Oriental Research (AMMAN)
Website Deadline for all applications : February 1, 2016

2.1. National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Fellowship : One to two post-doctoral awards of four to six months, worth $25,200. Fields of research include : modern and classical languages, linguistics, literature, history, jurisprudence, philosophy, archaeology, comparative religion, ethics, and the history, criticism, and theory of the arts. Awards must be used between August 15, 2016 and December 31, 2017

2.2. ACOR-CAORC Post-Graduate Fellowship : Two or more two- to six-month fellowships for post-doctoral scholars worth $32,400 in the natural and social sciences, humanities, and associated disciplines relating to the Near East.

2.3. ACOR-CAORC Fellowship : Two or more two- to six-month fellowships for masters and doctoral students, worth up to $23,800. Topics should contribute to scholarship in Near Eastern studies. Awards must be used between August 15, 2016 and December 31, 2017.

2.4. Jennifer C. Groot Memorial Fellowship : Up to three awards of $1,500 each to support beginners in archaeological fieldwork who have been accepted as team members on archaeological projects with ASOR/CAP affiliation in Jordan.

2.5. Harrell Family Fellowship : One award of $1,800 to support a graduate student for participation on an archaeological project or research in Jordan.

2.6. Pierre and Patricia Bikai Fellowship : Two awards for one month each or one two-month award for residency at ACOR in Amman. The fellowship includes room and board at ACOR and a monthly stipend of $600.

2.7. Burton MacDonald and Rosemarie Sampson Fellowship : One award for either six weeks residency at ACOR for research in the fields of Ancient Near Eastern languages and history, archaeology, Bible studies, or comparative religion, or a travel grant to assist with participation in an archaeological field project in Jordan. The ACOR residency fellowship option includes room and board at ACOR and a stipend of $600.

2.8. James A. Sauer Memorial Fellowship : One award for a one-month residency at ACOR. It is open to enrolled graduate students of U.S. or Canadian citizenship participating on an archaeological project or research in Jordan. The fellowship includes room and board at ACOR and a stipend of $400.

2.9. Kenneth W. Russell Memorial Fellowship : One award of $1,800 to assist a Jordanian student, in Jordan or another country, in the fields of archaeology, anthropology, conservation, or related areas.

2.10. Frederick-Wenger Jordanian Educational Memorial Fellowship : One award of $1,500 to assist a Jordanian student with the cost of their education.

2.11. ACOR Jordanian Graduate Student Scholarship : Four awards of $3,000 for the period May 1, 2016 through May 31, 2017. Eligibility is limited to students in programs related to Jordan’s cultural heritage (for example : archaeology, anthropology, linguistics/epigraphy, history, conservation, museum studies, and cultural resource management related issues).

2.12. ACOR Jordanian Travel Scholarship for ASOR Annual Meeting : Two travel scholarships of $3,500 each to assist Jordanians participating and delivering a paper at the ASOR Annual meeting in mid-November in the United States.

For more information and to download the application forms for all the above :
Websites and here


3. Villa I Tatti : The Harvard University Center for Italian
Renaissance Studies, Florence, Italy. Short Term Fellowships (deadline : 14 December)
3.1 Wallace Fellowship (New)
Four Wallace Fellowships, for four or six months, are available annually for scholars who explore the historiography and impact of the Italian Renaissance in the Modern Era (19th-21st centuries).
Read More

3.2 Berenson Fellowship (new)
Four Berenson Fellowships, for four or six months, are available annually for scholars who explore "Italy in the World". Projects
should address the transnational dialogues between Italy and other cultures (e.g. Latin American, Mediterranean, African, Asian etc.) during the Renaissance, broadly understood historically to include the period from the 14th to the 17th century.
Read More

3.3 Mellon Fellowship in the Digital Humanities (new)
Two Mellon Fellowships, for four or six months, are available annually for projects that cut across traditional disciplinary boundaries and actively employ digital technology Read More

3.4 Craig Hugh Smyth Fellowship (revised)
Two Craig Hugh Smyth Fellowship, for three months, are available annually for curators and conservators.
Read More

3.5 David and Julie Tobey Fellowship
One David and Julie Tobey Fellowship is awarded annually to support research on drawings, prints, and illustrated manuscripts from the Italian Renaissance.
Read More

3.6 I Tatti-RCAC Joint Fellowship
Villa I Tatti and the Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations of Koç University (RCAC, in Istanbul) offer a joint, one-year fellowship. Scholars will spend a semester at each institution to carry out research on interaction between Italy and the Byzantine or the Ottoman Empire (ca. 1300 to ca. 1700). Subjects covered include art, architecture, archaeology, history, literature, material culture, music, philosophy, religion, and science.
Read More

3.7 Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowship
Burkhardt Fellowships are intended to support an academic year (normally nine months) of residence at any one of the national residential research centers participating in the program, including I Tatti.
Read More

3.8 Graduate Fellowships
Each fall and spring semester, one or two Graduate Fellowships are available for Harvard PhD students. The primary goal is to allow students working on their dissertation or selecting their topics to read widely in Renaissance sources and secondary literature.
Read more

4. ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions
Headquartered at The University of Western Australia, the Centre has nodes across the country at the Universities of Adelaide Melbourne Queensland and Sydney . The Centre works to create and foster links between a team of pre-eminent Australian humanities researchers, a network of international experts and institutions, and a set of industry partners (performing arts institutions, art galleries, media).

We develop innovative procedures and work spaces for inter-relating different research methods (e.g. cultural historiography, literary analysis, visual arts interpretations, and performance practice research), and to maximize fruitful synergies between different disciplines and methodologies.

For opportunities of research and collaboration

5. Academy of Finland Fellowship
The Academy of Finland awards fellowships for post-doctoral research at the European University Institute (EUI).
The Academy takes into account the significance and impact of the research in terms of the Finnish society and business and industry. In principle, a project to be funded shall serve Finnish research and society or international collaboration.

6. Fernand Braudel Senior Fellowships
Fernand Braudel Senior Fellowships provide a framework for established academics with an international reputation to pursue their research at the European University Institute (EUI). Fellowships last for up to ten months in one of the EUI’s four Departments which in turn invite fellows to participate in departmental activities (seminars, workshops, colloquia, etc.). There are two annual deadlines for applications - 30 March and/or 30 September.
Read More

7. The Bibliographical Society of America : three new fellowships for

The Society invites applications for its seventh annual Katharine
Pantzer Senior Fellowship in Bibliography and the British Book Trades
as well as its annual short-term fellowships, all of which support bibliographical inquiry and research in the history of the book trades and in publishing history.
Read More

8. UCLA Library Special Collections Short-term Research Fellowships, 2016
The UCLA Library Special Collections Short-Term Library Research Fellowship Program (incl. humanities and social sciences, and visual and performing arts) supports the use of special collections materials by visiting scholars and UCLA graduate students.
For more information

9. Aarhus University : Assistant Professorships in Urban Archaeology or Archaeoscience
The Centre for Urban Network Evolutions (UrbNet), School of Culture and Society, Aarhus University, invites applications for one or two assistant professorships, focusing on core themes within the centre’s agenda for research on urban societies in the past.
The call is for full-time, three-year positions, starting 1 April 2016 or as soon as possible thereafter.
The positions represent an opportunity for eminent young researchers to set the agenda for research into the historical archaeology and archaeoscience of urban societies and networks from the Hellenistic Period to the Middle Ages, and to participate in one of Europe’s most groundbreaking archaeological research initiatives of this decade.
The centre’s work focuses on the regions from Northern Europe over the Levant to the East Coast of Africa. It involves empirical material from a number of existing excavation projects as well as material already excavated, and concerns both theoretical and methodological issues. The centre is based at Aarhus University, School of Culture and Society, and is funded as a Centre of Excellence by the Danish National Research Foundation.
Deadline : 15 January 2016.
Read More

10. Other Useful Resources for Job Seekers
Read More

Upcoming Conferences and Calls For Papers

See these calendars :
Medieval Academy of America Calendar

Leeds Medieval Resources

Other News

Read More
The Medieval Central Europe Research Network MECERN in cooperation with the Georg Eckert Institute for International Textbook Research is announcing an essay competition on “The image of historic (medieval and early modern) neighbours in Central European school textbooks.” Students and teachers of history (including art, archaeology, and literature) are welcome to submit critical essays on the treatment of people and countries of medieval Central and Southeastern Europe in the schoolbooks of the region. Submissions on one or more widely used book for secondary schools critically evaluating their treatment of historical neighbors (if appropriate : contrasted to contemporary research) in not more than 15 pages are invited from any of the countries in the region, including the successors of the medieval Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. It may be interesting to compare the presentation of this aspect in textbook written at different times in the last decades or more. Thanks to the Humanities Initiative of Central European University, the international jury will be able to grant a €1000 prize for the first and €500 each for two second best essays, and they (or more) will be published in a suitable scholarly journal or book, as well as all of them included in a comparative summary.
Persons intending to submit essays should register (also naming the title of the book/s they intend to review and the language in which they wish to write) with mailto to receive further information by 1 November 2015. Submission deadline will be 1 February 2016. Essays in English, German or French will have priority, but it may be possible to translate those written in other languages.

Note also the inaugural MECERN conference in Olomouc on 31 March to 2 April 2016 with plenary lectures from János M. Bak and Miri Rubin. See the website above for paper submissions and registration details.

Season’s Greetings from CARMEN
Sandro Botticelli, Mystical Nativity, c.1500, Tempera on canvas,
109x75mm, National Gallery, London
See card
Copyright © 2015 MIP, All rights reserved.
For CARMEN members
Our mailing address is :
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo, MI 49008