Issue 2 of the 2014 Chronica

The Chronica Editors, Justin Brock (University of Oregon) and Professor Anne Laskaya (University of Oregon) present Issue 2 of the 2014 Medieval Association of the Pacific’s newsletter, Chronica (PDF:Chronica 2014.v2)

Our organization has seen a number of exciting changes since the last edition of Chronica. The 2013 MAP conference at University of San Diego was a huge success, having brought together scholars (faculty and students alike) from all over the globe for a variety of energetic and intriguing presentations. Likewise, our 2014 joint meeting with the Medieval Academy of America at UCLA exemplified the collaborative spirit between MAP and other medieval organizations.

MAP is excited to welcome a number of new officers and councilors to our council, allowing for fresh perspectives on the governance of the organization. Dr. Anita Obermeier is handing the MAP Presidency to the more than capable hands of Prof. Michael Hanly. Thank you Anita Obermeier for your outstanding service to our organization. Please see the President’s Message on page 2.

While we will send out a more expansive Chronica this Fall, this brief edition includes the CFP for the 2015 conference, hosted by the University of Nevada, Reno (page 2). Additionally, see page 4 and 5 for the most recent winners of the Founder’s and Benton Prizes.

Thank you to all of our members for making the organization such a success every year. Your donations and participation matter!

Best Wishes,
Justin Brock, Chronica Co-editor

2014 MAP Founders’ Prize

Dear MAA-MAP Meeting Participants:

I am pleased to announce the call for submissions for the 2014 MAP Founders’ Prize.


MAP awards a $1,000 prize for the best paper presented by a graduate student at annual meetings (MAP and MAA-MAP conferences).  The paper must demonstrate the following characteristics: exceptionally promising research, an innovative approach to a field of medieval study, and excellent writing/rhetorical skills.  The submitted paper may be revised between its presentation at the MAP conference and the submission deadline.

Who is eligible?

• Graduate students enrolled in degree-­granting programs.

• Graduate students can either self-nominate or be nominated.

• Students in between degree programs.

• Independent scholars who received their degrees no more than three years before the date of the conference.



• Applicants must have presented the submitted paper at the last MAP conference (that is, in the same calendar year as the deadline for submission).

• All applicants must be members of MAP.

• A word count of 2,750 – 4,000 words (roughly, 10-­‐15 pages)


To Submit

• Email a PDF file to MAP Secretary, Anne Laskaya, at

• Submission deadline:  Midnight, August 1, 2014



Michael Hanly, President
Medieval Association of the Pacific


MAPFoundersPrize (PDF Flyer)

Rare Book School Summer Courses

Greetings from Rare Book School in Charlottesville, Virginia.

This summer Rare Book School is excited to offer four courses designed specifically to advance the research of scholars in medieval and renaissance studies.

Introduction to Paleography, 800-1500 introduces students to the book-based scripts and the text typologies of the western European Middle Ages and the Renaissance, from Caroline minuscule through early print. Taught by Consuelo Dutschke, Curator of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts at Columbia University, this course will provide students with the basic tools for working with medieval codices and enable them to read the texts and to recognize categories of script. This course will be taught in Charlottesville June 9-13. See the course website] for a complete description.

During the same week, June 9-13, RBS will offer a course in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on The Medieval Manuscript in the 21st Century. Taught by Will Noel, Director of the Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies at the University of Pennsylvania and Dot Porter, Curator of Digital Research Services at the Schoenberg Institute, this course guides students of both the digital humanities and manuscript studies through the concepts and realities of working with medieval manuscripts in the twenty-first century. By considering critical issues relating to using medieval manuscripts in a digital world, students will engage the idea of “digital surrogacy” and explore the implications of representing physical objects in digital forms. See the course website [] for a complete description.

Students interested in manuscript studies may also consider Introduction to Western Codicology, taught by Albert Derolez, Emeritus Professor at the Free Universities of Brussels and author of _The Palaeography of Gothic Manuscript Books from the Twelfth to the Early Sixteenth Century_ (Cambridge University Press, 2006). This course surveys the development of the physical features of manuscript books.  By teaching students to examine manuscript materials, structure, and layout, among other elements, this course goes beyond traditional research on the study of script and illumination and introduces students to alternate methods of uncovering information in a codex. To give students the widest possible exposure to a variety of manuscripts of the Middle Ages and Renaissance, the course will take a field trip to libraries in Washington, DC. This course will be taught in Charlottesville 16-20 June. See the course website [ courses/manuscripts/m20/] for a complete description.

For students familiar with basic skills in paleography, codicology, and the history of the hand-produced book, RBS is offering Advanced Seminar: Medieval Manuscript Studies, taught by Barbara A. Shailor, Deputy Provost for the Arts at Yale University and former Director of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale. Students will spend the week analyzing and discussing fragments and codices at the Beinecke Library. In addition to transcribing difficult scripts, students will have the opportunity to attend workshops by Yale conservators on topics such as inks and pigments, parchment, paper, watermark identification, and collation. This course will be taught in New Haven, Connecticut during the week of July 28-August 1. See the course website [] for a complete description.

Rare Book School is currently receiving applications for this course–and all other–courses. To apply, please visit  [] to set up your account and submit your application materials. For general information on the application process, visit the RBS Application & Admissions page [].

Please write to if you have any questions about either course or the application process.

We look forward to hearing from you!

David Grant Smith
Program Assistant | Rare Book School

2014 Medieval Academy of America Annual Meeting

The Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at the University of California Los Angeles is pleased to host the 2014 Annual Meeting of the Medieval Academy of America, which will be held jointly with the annual meeting of the Medieval Association of the Pacific at UCLA on April 10-12, 2014. The meeting’s theme is “Empires and Encounters.”

The program will include four plenary sessions:

  • Presidential Address: Richard Unger, University of British Columbia
  • Opening Plenary Session: Susan Boynton, Columbia University
  • Fellows Plenary Session: Margaret Mullett, Dumbarton Oaks
  • CARA Plenary Session

The meeting will conclude with a private reception at the Getty Villa in Malibu on Saturday evening. The annual meeting of CARA delegates will take place on Sunday.

Registration is now open. The Program, registration link and hotel information can be found here: val_academy/index.html

We hope you will join us for what promises to be a very successful meeting.

Job Announcement: ACMRS Assistant Director

ACMRS (Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies)
Arizona State University Job # 10670

The Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (ACMRS) invites applications for an Assistant Administrative Professional position as Assistant Director to begin spring, 2014. This is a full-time, benefits-eligible appointment subject to annual renewal contingent upon performance and the needs of the university.

The successful candidate will be expected to demonstrate a commitment to medieval and Renaissance studies while developing/overseeing general operations including budgets, coordinating and/or representing ACMRS at relevant events, and coordinating effective communication with partners and constituents both within and external to Arizona State University.

Minimum/Required Qualifications:
• Master’s degree in area relevant to medieval and Renaissance studies
• Two years’ experience in scholarly publishing and/or editing

Desired Qualifications:
• Ph.D. in area relevant to medieval and Renaissance studies
• Experience developing and/or managing budgets
• Experience coordinating and/or managing general operations in an administrative setting
• Demonstrated success writing, applying for and managing grants
• Demonstrated success representing an organization at university, academic, and/or public functions
• Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively at the unit and university levels

Application Deadline/Procedures:

To apply, please send – in a single PDF – a cover letter describing qualifications, complete CV and the names and contact information for three professional references to: Robert E. Bjork, Director, at Only electronic applications will be accepted. The initial application deadline is March 14, 2014; if not filled, application review will occur every two weeks thereafter until the search is closed. A background check is required for employment.
Arizona State University is an affirmative action/equal employment opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

ASU does not pay for travel expenses associated with interviews, unless otherwise indicated.

Sex, Text & Politics: A Symposium in Honor of the Work of Carol Braun Pasternack

Sex, Text & Politics: A Symposium in Honor of the Work of Carol Braun Pasternack

Saturday, January 18, 2014
10:00 am to 1:30 pm

McCune Conference Room
Humanities and Social Sciences Building
University of California, Santa Barbara

Featured speakers will discuss the impact of Professor Pasternack’s scholarship on their own work and worldwide:

Aranye Fradenburg, UC Santa Barbara, 10:15 am
Allen Frantzen, Loyola University, 10:45 am
Jennifer Hellwarth, Allegheny College, 11:30 am
Kathy Lavezzo, University of Iowa, 12:00 pm
Megan Palmer Browne, UC Santa Barbara, 12:30 pm

Reception to follow.

Call for Papers at the 2014, Japan Society for Medieval European Studies

On behalf of the Japan Society for Medieval European Studies (JSMES) I inform you that the announcement of “Call for Papers at the 2014 annual meeting of the Japan Society for Medieval European Studies” is now on the website of the JSMES ( )

Call for Papers

The 2014 annual meeting of the Japan Society for Medieval European Studies will be held on 21st and 22nd of June 2014 at Doshisha University (Imadegawa Campus) in Kyoto. The Program Committee invites proposals for papers (25 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.

The proposal must have

  1.  the proposer’s personal and contact information (the proposer’s name, professional status, e-mail address, postal address, fax and telephone numbers, and paper title),
  2.  the proposer’s list of publications and conference papers, and
  3.  the proposer’s 250 words abstract.

Proposals should be submitted to Prof. Shunji Oguro, chairman of the Program Committee, by email (

The deadline is 29 November 2013. Decisions will be announced by the end of January 2014.



Call for Papers: Urban Culture and Ideologies in Medieval and Early Modern Europe

Urban Culture and Ideologies in Medieval and Early Modern Europe: c.1100-1600

Urban Culture and Ideologies in Medieval and Early Modern Europe: c.1100-1600, Conference at Massey University


Thursday 30 January 2014 – Friday 31 January 2014

Massey University, Albany Campus, Auckland, New Zealand

This conference will focus on the textual traditions of the urban world:  the literature of all kinds produced in the urban context, from chronicles to song, illumination to speech acts.  Its main theme is notions of ‘urbanity’.  What is ‘urban’ about ‘urban culture’?  In what ways did urbanity contribute to cultural and ideological sign systems in political speech, historiography, literature, the visual arts and music?  How did the production and reception of chronicles shape urban identity – or identities?

Call for Papers

If you would like to give a paper, please submit an abstract to Tina Sheehan,

Senior scholars and postgraduate students are equally welcome.

If you would like to register attendance at the conference, please do so on this website.

Abstract submission and early-bird registration closes 6 December 2013, although abstract submission before 15 October 2013 is strongly encouraged.

Abstract acceptance is an ongoing process.  You will will notified shortly after you submit.

Further information is available at

Comitatus Call for Papers

Comitatus: A Journal of Medieval and Renaissance Studies


Comitatus: A Journal of Medieval and Renaissance Studies, published annually under the auspices of the UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, invites the submission of articles by graduate students and recent PhDs in any field of medieval and Renaissance studies; we particularly welcome articles that integrate or synthesize disciplines.

Submission Deadline for Volume 45 (2014): 1 February 2014

The editorial board will make its final selections by 1 May 2014.

Please send submissions to as e-mail attachments to

Dr. Blair Sullivan, Managing Editor, Comitatus
UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies
302 Royce Hall
Box 951485
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1485