2016 Annual Meeting of the JSMES

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/

50th Anniversary Conference:
March 31-April 2, 2016

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—


Michael Hanly

MAP President (2014-2016)

Call for Papers: “A Global Middle Ages.”

50th Anniversary Annual Meeting

A Global Middle Ages
Davis, California
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.


Keynote Speakers:

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 clegalls@ucdavis.edu.For information about registering for the conference, please contact Dorian Signori (dasignori@ucdavis.edu)

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: clegalls@ucdavis.edu, bdschildgen@ucdavis.edu, and MAP secretary and editors of Chronica, Justin Brock (jbrock@uoregon.edu and Anne Laskaya (laskaya@uoregon.edu)
File format: MS Word or PDF

Medieval Association of the Pacific 2015 Conference


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, eschoolman@unr.edu

Questions about MAP membership or the professional organization:
please contact Anne Laskaya, laskaya@uoregon.edu

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