Due 1 Feb 2017: NEH Public Scholar Program applications.

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) invites applications for the 2017 round of the Public Scholar Program, which is intended to support well-researched books in the humanities that have been conceived and written to reach a broad readership. Books supported through the Public Scholar Program might present a narrative history, tell the stories of important individuals, analyze significant texts, provide a synthesis of ideas, revive interest in a neglected subject, or examine the latest thinking on a topic. Most importantly, they should present significant humanities topics in a way that is accessible to general readers. 

The Public Scholar Program is open to both independent scholars and individuals affiliated with scholarly institutions. It offers a stipend of $4,200 per month for a period of six to twelve months. The maximum stipend is $50,400 for a twelve-month period. Applicants must have U.S. citizenship or residency in the U.S. for the three years prior to the application deadline. In addition, they must have previously published a book with a university or commercial press or at least three articles and essays in publications reaching a large national or international audience.

Application guidelines (including a full statement of the eligibility requirements) and a list of F.A.Q.’s for the Public Scholar Program are available on the NEH’s website at http://www.neh.gov/grants/research/public-scholar-program.  The application deadline for this cycle is February 1, 2017. Recipients may begin the term of the grant as early as September 1, 2017 or as late as September 1, 2018. In the last cycle of the competition, the Endowment received 318 applications and made 30 awards.

A list of previously funded projects and several samples of successful applications are available in the sidebar at the right of the webpage linked above. For additional information, please write to publicscholar@neh.gov.

Due 1 December 2016: CFP 38th ANNUAL CANADIAN CONFERENCE OF MEDIEVAL ART HISTORIANS

38th ANNUAL CANADIAN CONFERENCE OF MEDIEVAL ART HISTORIANS

Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario, 17 & 18 March 2017

The 38thannual Canadian Conference of Medieval Art Historians will be hosted by The Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Brock University (St. Catharines, ON), 17-18 March 2017. The organization welcomes those interested in medieval art and architecture. This year, the keynote lecture will be delivered by David Caldwell (President, Society of Antiquarians of Scotland). 

We invite those interested in delivering a paper in English or French on any topic relating to the art, architecture and visual/material culture of the Middle Ages (or its post-medieval revivals), to submit a short abstract (250 words) by 1 December 2016. Scholars at every stage of their careers are encouraged to submit proposals.

Please send your abstract and 50–word C.V. by email to: cbogdanski@brocku.ca
Candice Bogdanski, Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Brock University

Mary Jaharis Center Lecture Series: The Islamic-Byzantine Frontier

Mary Jaharis Center Lecture Series: The Islamic-Byzantine Frontier

October 20, 2016

The Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture at Hellenic College Holy Cross in Brookline, MA, is pleased to announce the first lecture in its 2016–2017 lecture series:

Thursday, October 20, 2016, 6:15 pm
Harvard Faculty Club, 20 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA

The Islamic-Byzantine Frontier: Interaction and Exchange Among Muslim and Christian Communities
Asa Eger, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, offers an new interpretation of exchange along the Islamic-Byzantine frontier.

Details at http://www.maryjahariscenter.org/events/islamic-byzantine-frontier.

Mary Jaharis Center lectures are co-sponsored by Harvard University Standing Committee on Medieval Studies.

Contact: Brandie Ratliff, Director, Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture (mjcbac@hchc.edu

Anti-Jewish Polemic among Syriac Christians, East of Byzantium Workshop

Anti-Jewish Polemic among Syriac Christians, East of Byzantium Workshop

October 21, 2016

The Arthur H. Dadian and Ara Oztemel Chair of Armenian Art at Tufts University and the Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture at Hellenic College Holy Cross in Brookline, MA, are pleased to announce the second workshop in the Studying East of Byzantium II workshop series:

Friday, October 21, 2016, 10:00 am–12:00 pm
Harvard Faculty Club, 20 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA

Anti-Jewish Polemic among Syriac Christians during the First Centuries of Islam
A workshop for students exploring anti-Jewish polemical texts written by Syriac-speaking Christians during the early centuries of Islam. Led by Aaron M. Butts, The Catholic University of America

RSVP required. Registration closes October 19. Additional information and registration at https://eastofbyzantium.org/upcoming-events/anti-jewish-polemic/.

East of Byzantium is a partnership between the Arthur H. Dadian and Ara Oztemel Chair of Armenian Art at Tufts University and the Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture at Hellenic College Holy Cross in Brookline, MA, that explores the cultures of the eastern frontier of the Byzantine empire in the late antique and medieval periods.

Contact: Brandie Ratliff, Director, Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture (mjcbac@hchc.edu

Kress Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Index of Christian Art

Kress Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Index of Christian Art

Date/Deadline: Review of Applications Begins Jan. 15

The Index of Christian Art, Princeton University, is pleased to invite applications for a one-year postdoctoral fellowship for AY 2017-2018, with the possibility of renewal contingent on satisfactory performance.

Funded by a grant from the Kress Foundation, the Kress Postdoctoral Fellow will collaborate with permanent research and professional staff to develop taxonomic and research enhancements for the Index’s redesigned online application, which is set to launch in fall 2017. Salary is $60,000 plus benefits for a 12-month appointment, with a $2,500 allowance provided for scholarly travel and research. The Fellow will enjoy research privileges at Princeton Libraries as well as opportunities to participate in the scholarly life of the Index and the Department of Art & Archaeology.

The successful candidate will have a specialization in medieval art from any area or period; broad familiarity with medieval images and texts; a sound grasp of current trends in medieval studies scholarship; and a committed interest in the potential of digital resources to enrich work in art history and related fields. Strong foreign language and visual skills, the ability to work both independently and collaboratively after initial training, and a willingness to learn new technologies are highly desirable; previous experience in digital humanities, teaching, and/or library work is advantageous. Applicants must have completed all requirements for the PhD, including dissertation defense, before the start of the fellowship. Preference will be given to those whose subject expertise complements that of current Index staff.

Applications will be reviewed beginning January 15 and will continue until the position is filled. Applicants must apply on line at jobs.princeton.edu/applicants/jsp/shared/Welcome_css.jsp, submitting a C.V., a cover letter, a research statement, and the names and contact information of three references. The position is subject to the University’s background check policy.

The Index of Christian Art. Since 1917, the Index of Christian Art (https://ica.princeton.edu/) has provided a unique resource for the study of medieval art. Its descriptive and visual documentation of iconographic subjects, originally conceived as a print archive but now undergoing full digitization, permits researchers to analyze imagery produced in eastern and western Europe throughout the “long Middle Ages.”

Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. 

Program Opportunities at the Gennadius Library, 2017-18

DEADLINE : OCTOBER 31, 2016 & JANUARY 15, 2017

THE GENNADIUS LIBRARY OF THE AMERICAN SCHOOL OF CLASSICAL STUDIES AT ATHENS

FELLOWSHIPS FOR RESEARCH AND STUDY AT THE GENNADIUS LIBRARY 2017-2018

The American School of Classical Studies at Athens is pleased to announce the academic programs and fellowships for the 2017-2018 academic year at the Gennadius Library. Opened in 1926 with 26,000 volumes from diplomat and bibliophile, Joannes Gennadius, the Gennadius Library now holds a richly diverse collection of over 126,000 books and rare bindings, archives, manuscripts, and works of art illuminating the Hellenic tradition and neighboring cultures. The Library has become an internationally renowned center for the study of Greek history, literature, and art, especially from the Byzantine period to modern times.

THE M. ALISON FRANTZ FELLOWSHIP: Ph.D. candidates and recent Ph.D.’s from colleges or universities in the U.S. or Canada for work in the Gennadius Library for full academic year. Stipend of $11,500 plus room, board, and waiver of School fees.
DEADLINE: JANUARY 15, 2017.

MEDIEVAL GREEK SUMMER SESSION AT THE GENNADIUS LIBRARY (2017): Graduate students and post-doctoral scholars in any field of late antique, post-antique, Byzantine or medieval studies at any university worldwide. Month-long program in intermediate level Medieval Greek language and philology at the Gennadius Library, with site and museum trips. Up to twelve scholarships available. DEADLINE: JANUARY 15, 2017.

COTSEN TRAVELING FELLOWSHIP FOR RESEARCH IN GREECE: Short-term travel-to collections award of $2,000 for senior scholars and graduate students for projects and research at the Gennadius Library. Open to all nationalities. At least one month of residency required. School fees are waived for a maximum of two months. DEADLINE: JANUARY 15, 2017.

THE GEORGE PAPAIOANNOU FELLOWSHIP: Ph.D. candidates or recent Ph.D.’s writing on Greece in the 1940’s and the post-war period. Fellows are required to make use of and refer to the George Papaioannou Papers housed at the Archives of the Gennadius Library. Open to all nationalities. School fees are waived for a maximum of two months. Stipend of €1,000. DEADLINE: JANUARY 15, 2017.

NEH FELLOWSHIPS: Awards for postdoctoral scholars and professionals in the humanities. Terms: Two to four fellowships, five to ten months in duration. Maximum stipend for a five-month project, $21,000; for a ten-month project, $42,000. U.S. citizens or foreign nationals being U.S. residents for three years before application deadline. Candidates must hold their Ph.D. or equivalent terminal degree at time of application. DEADLINE: OCTOBER 31, 2016.

American School of Classical Studies at Athens does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, sex, sexual orientation, color, religion, ethnic origin, or disability when considering admission to any form of membership or application for employment.

Link to your news/announcement: www.ascsa.edu.gr

CFP: Medieval Environments, Northwestern University February 25-26, 2017

CFP: Medieval Environments, Northwestern University February 25-26, 2017

November 15, 2016

We are pleased to announce the 34rd annual conference of the Illinois Medieval Association. We invite papers and complete sessions on any aspect of the 2016 conference theme: medieval environments.

The modern English term environment has its roots in the Middle French environner, the action of surrounding or encircling. In recent years, much exciting work has revealed the intricate relationships between medieval people and their various environments–from ecocritical considerations of land, sea and air to considerations of the built, intellectual and spiritual environments humans crafted for themselves. In this conference we hope to bring new work on these various strands of investigation into more explicit dialogue. We encourage paper and session proposals from all fields that engage with any aspect of the many medieval environments.

Keynote speaker: Jeffrey Jerome Cohen (The George Washington University)

To be considered for participation, please send 300-word abstracts for either individual papers or panels to ilmedieval2017@gmail.com by November 15, 2016. 

Which Nubia and Which Byzantium?

November 18, 2016

The Arthur H. Dadian and Ara Oztemel Chair of Armenian Art at Tufts University and the Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture at Hellenic College Holy Cross in Brookline, MA, are pleased to announce the second workshop in the Studying East of Byzantium II workshop series:

Friday, November 18, 2016, 10:00 am–12:00 pm
Harvard Faculty Club, 20 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA

Which Nubia and Which Byzantium?
A workshop for students on medieval Nubia and its place in Byzantine society and the larger Mediterranean world. Led by Giovanni R. Ruffini, Fairfield University

RSVP required. Registration closes November 16.

Link to your news/announcement: http://eastofbyzantium.org/upcoming-events/which-nubia-and-which-byzantium/