MAP is building a digital archive of its past conference programs, to be accessed on its website and on its Academia.edu page. If you have programs for conferences prior to 2015, please contact MAP Councilor Alison Perchuk, who will be happy to take programs in paper or PDF form.
The next MAP Annual Conference will be hosted by Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California, March 16-19, 2017.
Mark your calendar and look for further information in August 2016.
The newly constituted Social Media Committee comprises MAP Councilors Shirin Khanmohamadi, Annie Knowles, Heather Maring, and Alison Perchuk; please contact them with any comments or suggestions for improving our digital presence.
The Fiftieth Anniversary of the founding of the Medieval Association of the Pacific is swiftly approaching!
As we look forward to the Annual Meeting at the University of California, Davis, the site of the Organization’s founding in 1966, it behooves us to ponder MAP’s illustrious past as well as its long-term future.
In the first issue of Chronica, published in Fall 1967, President James J. Murphy recounted the origins of the new organization. Describing the initial planning meeting, Murphy wrote:
It was anticipated that perhaps fifteen or twenty of those attending the Conference [on Medieval Studies at Davis] would appear at the meeting. Instead, a total of almost one hundred jammed into a room designed for sixty-six.
The same newsletter also published an essay by Loy Bilderback (Fresno State College) on “The Computer as an Aid to Control of Medieval Bibliography.” In light of a pressing need to manage the rapidly expanding bibliography of published studies on the Middle Ages, Bilderback proposed implementing “a system of control” using the computer. While admitting that “the abandonment of customary bibliographical practices and the learning of new ways born of new conceptual schemes is not easy,” Dr. Bilderback concluded, “if we look forward to a day when selections [of bibliographic entries] must be made from among thousands of items, it is clear that the problem of exclusion of the irrelevant will be as important as the problem of gaining control of the useful.” Prophetic words, indeed.
MAP has flourished for a half-century because of the dedication and support of its membership. Many of us presented our first academic papers at an annual meeting, and MAP today continues to be a welcoming venue for graduate students and senior scholars alike.
To support this tradition of excellence for years to come, please consider making a gift to MAP this year:
“$50 at Fifty”
A $50 gift to MAP when you renew your membership supports our Prizes – the Founders’ Prize, which awards up to $1000 for the outstanding graduate papers presented at the annual conference, and the Benton Prize, which supports travel to any academic conference, MAP included. Your gift also assists in conference planning and organization.
Or round your annual membership dues – in 1968, set at $4/year ($2 for students!) – from $35 to $50. MAP remains a tremendous bargain for regular members and graduate students, whose dues and conference registration fees are nominal.
For half a century, MAP has offered extraordinary service to our profession and to the development of young scholars. We need your support to carry this important work forward in the decades to come.
John Ott, Treasurer
For its 50th anniversary, the conference will take place March 31st-April 2nd, 2016 at the site of its first meeting, the University of California, Davis.
The theme of the conference is "A Global Middle Ages". Our plenary talks will be "A Global Middle Ages: Genetic Connections" by Professor Monica Green (Arizona State University), and "Jews and Other Non-Christians in Late Medieval England: By Report and in Person" by Professor Andy Kelly (English, UCLA).
MAP invites paper submissions. Please see the call for papers for more details and directions. Proposals are due by October 30, 2015. Applicants will hear back by November 15th, 2015.
Additional information may be found at
The 2016 annual meeting of the Japan Society for Medieval European Studies will be held on 11th and 12th of June 2016 at Tohoku University in Sendai. The Program Committee invites proposals for papers (30 minutes in Japanese or English) on topics of medieval studies. Any member of the JSMES (or Medieval Association of the Pacific) may submit a paper proposal.
More information may be found here: http://www.medievalstudies.jp/
Dear MAP Members: September 27, 2015
I write today to call your attention to a number of important matters, most notably our conference next year, March 31-April 2, 2016. As you know, this meeting will mark our association’s 50th anniversary, and will be held at the place where it was founded in 1966, the University of California, Davis. All of us on the MAP Council are very excited as the planning continues for this event, as are the hard-working members of the Local Arrangements Committee at UCD. Our theme next year will be “A Global Middle Ages.”
I speak for a good many of us in MAP when I say that ours is an extraordinary organization. It has been an honor and a pleasure to be associated with this organization for many years. At our conferences each spring I always find old friends, impressive new colleagues, and an assemblage of excellent sessions, all in a friendly and welcoming ambiance. No matter where I go for professional meetings, the annual MAP meeting always stands out—at the risk of sounding corny, it seems like “coming home.” We exhort all of you who are receiving this message: please make every effort to come next year yourself, and reach out as well to everyone you know who has ever been a member, and to newcomers, so we can make this our best-attended conference ever. Among our fellow attendees will be founding members of the association, including James J. Murphy of UCD, several past MAP presidents and officers, and the usual contributors who range from fledgling graduate students to established experts. Our plenary speakers, finally, will be two superb scholars whom we’re proud to have as MAP members, Prof. Monica Green (ASU) and Prof. H. A. Kelly (UCLA). So please help us put out the word: come home to MAP next year.
I will remind you of some essential dates: the deadline for submission of paper abstracts for the 2016 conference is October 30, 2015. And the deadline for the John F. Benton Prize—for conference travel funding—is January 5, 2016. The deadline to submit essays for the MAP Founders’ Prize—which provides up to three awards ($500/$250/$250) for the best revised papers originally presented by graduate students at our annual meeting—has been extended to December 1. Please see our website for details on all three of these items: http://www.medievalpacific.org/
Finally: our colleague Prof. John Ott, MAP Treasurer, will be writing you soon with a fundraising appeal. I will take this opportunity to support his efforts by asking that you all please check if you are up to date on membership dues. MAP remains one of the most inexpensive professional societies in the country, but last year our dues payments were extremely spotty, even among conference attendees. John will make this pitch more eloquently than I, but please do renew your membership on our website soon.
I look forward to seeing all of you at UC Davis next spring. Wishing you all a peaceful and productive fall term—
MAP President (2014-2016)
50th Anniversary Annual Meeting
A Global Middle Ages
March 31–April 2, 2016
Call for papers:
Proposals due October 30, 2015
In 2016, MAP will return to UC Davis, where it was founded, for a 50th anniversary celebration and conference with the theme “A Global Middle Ages.” MAP invites proposals for individual 20-minute papers as well as organized sessions of three 20-minute papers. We welcome papers and panels that explore any topic related to the study and teaching of the period 500–1500, in any discipline (Philosophy, Art History, History, Literature and Culture, and/or Classics). Because of the “global” theme, we particularly invite papers that move beyond the European parameters of medieval studies to include East and West Asia, Mediterranean Studies, Africa, and Meso-America, and that consider contact zones, cultural exchange, trade, transmission, translation, and reception across times or places. Papers attentive to the history of rhetoric and to medieval Iberia are also especially welcome, in honor of James J. Murphy and Samuel Armistead and their contributions to medieval studies at the University of California Davis and around the world.
Professor Monica Green, Arizona State University
“A Global Middle Ages: Genetic Connections”
Professor Andy Kelly, English UCLA
“Jews and Other Non-Christians in Late Medieval England: By Report and in Person."
Whether submitting complete panels or individual proposals, all Proposals need to include the following for each speaker: Name, discipline, institution, e-mail address, and an abstract of up to 250 words. Independent scholars should provide name, discipline, and e-mail address. Papers normally will be 20 minutes in length (8-10 pages). We also welcome proposals for full sessions, preferably interdisciplinary and with presenters from more than one institution. Proposals for full sessions should include a cover sheet containing the names, affiliations, and complete contact information for the three participants and the session organizer.
For information about paper submissions and registration for the conference, see the conference web site at map2016.ucdavis.edu. For further questions, please contact Cloe LeGall-Scoville email@example.com.For information about registering for the conference, please contact Dorian Signori (firstname.lastname@example.org)
To participate in the conference, you must be a fully paid (“active”) member of MAP. To pay your dues, go to the MAP website at http://www.medievalpacific.org/
Submit your proposal via email attachment and send to: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, and MAP secretary and editors of Chronica, Justin Brock (email@example.com and Anne Laskaya (firstname.lastname@example.org)
File format: MS Word or PDF
For information on the call for papers for the 2015 Conference on the Mester de Clerecía, see this link.
Hosted by the University of Nevada, Reno April 9-11
Registration, Housing, Transportation, Conference Events, and Local Sites of Interest are listed on the conference website. http://www.renomedieval.org/
Questions for local Reno and University of Nevada arrangements:
please contact Edward Schoolman, email@example.com
Questions about MAP membership or the professional organization:
please contact Anne Laskaya, firstname.lastname@example.org