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Access to the Index of Medieval Art Database Will Become Free on July 1, 2023

As of July 1, 2023, a paid subscription will no longer be required for access to the Index of Medieval Art database. This transition was made possible by a generous grant from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation and the support of the Index’s parent department of Art & Archaeology at Princeton University.

Please read more about our momentous shift to open online access in a recent blog post written by director Pamela Patton:

“Access to the Index of Medieval Art Database Will Become Free on July 1, 2023.” The Index of Medieval Art (blog). January 12, 2023. https://ima.princeton.edu/2023/01/12/access-to-the-index-of-medieval-art-database-will-become-free-on-july-1-2023/.

Currently, the Index of Medieval Art database, accessed at this link https://theindex.princeton.edu/, can be browsed through its open access lists, as well as searched with keywords. Researchers can learn more about coverage through the browse function on the database, including over twenty thousand unique terms for iconographic subjects in medieval art, and plan to attend one of their upcoming info sessions this Spring term.

Index staff also remain available for researcher questions via their online form at https://ima.princeton.edu/research-inquiries/.

Research Fellow, Medievalism Job in Melbourne VIC

Campus Location: Melbourne, Australia

Job No: APTAV119903#002

Conduct high-level research for the Medieval and Early Modern Studies (MEMS) Program
Full time, fixed-term role for 5 years based at Melbourne campus

About ACU:
Australian Catholic University (ACU) is an inclusive community which welcomes students and staff of all beliefs. ACU has over 2,500 staff supporting more than 34,000 students across eight campuses – Ballarat, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, North Sydney, Strathfield, Blacktown and Rome.

As valued members of our community, all staff members are expected to have an understanding of ACU’s mission and values and to demonstrate an active contribution to them.

About Faculty of Theology and Philosophy:
The Faculty of Theology and Philosophy is the largest Faculty of its kind in Australia. It comprises of two national schools: the School of Theology and the School of Philosophy; and the Institute for Religion and Critical Inquiry and the Dianoia Institute of Philosophy. ACU has prioritised research intensification and has developed a strategy designed to achieve excellence in a selected number of areas of strategic priority, including theology and philosophy. The outcome has been a remarkable transformation in the research standing of the University. In the 2019 THE World University Rankings, ACU rose to the 401-500 band for research and specifically to the 201-300 band in the Arts and Humanities subject rankings, which includes Philosophy. The investment in theology and philosophy is further evidenced through the results of the recent assessment of research quality conducted by the Australian Research Council, known as ERA (Excellence in Research for Australia). The 2018 ERA results rank ACU first in religion and religious studies in Australia, with our research in both philosophy, and religion and religious studies rated ‘above world standard’. We offer theology and philosophy for students at any stage of their life or career journey, with learning opportunities provided across multiple points of engagement, and across a variety of delivery modes. There are short courses, certificate and bachelor opportunities, postgraduate coursework programs, professional and research degrees, international study tours, and a wide range of professional learning and in-service opportunities. Our programs are conceived in collaboration with industry, community, and church leaders. They are designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills required to succeed in an evolving, global and digital world.

About Institute for Religion and Critical Inquiry:
The Institute for Religion and Critical Inquiry (IRCI) collaborates with researchers from around the globe to examine ideas, beliefs and history in order to advance understanding of our world and imagine ways to improve it. To this end the IRCI promotes collaborative research on religion and critical thought from multiple disciplinary perspectives, including philosophy, theology, history, and literature. It explores the inter-relationships between philosophy, religion, and their cultural contexts, and contributes to contemporary philosophical, theological, social, and political debates. Founded in 2014, the Institute is still in a growth phase but has three established research programs: Biblical and Early Christian Studies, Medieval and Early Modern Studies, and Religion and Theology. Each program includes full-time researchers and research students. The IRCI has established research partnerships with leading institutions in Europe, the UK, and North America, and presents a series of research seminars each year at ACU’s Rome Campus. It sits within the Faculty for Theology and Philosophy, the largest such Faculty in Australia, which offers undergraduate and postgraduate courses and higher research degrees across six campuses. In the recent ERA 2015 assessment, the University was ranked at above world standard (ERA score of 4) in Religion and Religious Studies and in Philosophy, placing it among the best universities in Australia in these fields. Research activities encompass projects, seminars, workshops, public engagement and conferences that enhance intellectual discourse and debate.

About the role:
As Research Fellow you will produce high-quality research to contribute to and strengthen the University’s research profile, and more specifically the research profile of the Institute. Research Fellow will have research expertise in medieval studies, specifically the area of medievalism (historical, creative, aesthetic, material and political interpretations of the Middle Ages in contemporary contexts), and will augment the current work of the MEMS program and Institute in areas such as (but not limited to) cultural memory, global and religious mobilities, histories of sexuality and gender, literary and historical studies, theory and critique. Through individual and collaborative research and publications, and participating in Institute activities, the Research Fellow will help to enhance the national and international research profile of both MEMS and the Institute.

You will need to have:
A PhD in historical or literary studies.
Eligibility to submit an ARC DECRA or Future Fellowship application during the 5-year appointment period.
A research record of outstanding publications in highly regarded scholarly outlets relevant to the field, and demonstrated successful collaborative research experience.
Demonstrated capacity to attract external research grant funding.
Demonstrated ability to participate as part of a collaborative team.
Demonstrated capacity to supervise or honours or higher degree research students or projects.
Demonstrated ability to engage a wide public audience in chosen field of expertise.

The University pursues an excellence agenda and offers an environment where staff are welcomed and safe, and valued through development, participation and involvement.

How to Apply:
Obtain the Position Description from the website. Applicants are expected to address all selection criteria listed in the position description and outline how they would support the mission of the university. To apply for this role click the ‘View Position Description and Apply’ buttons above or below. Visit Hints and Tips on how to apply.

Total remuneration valued to $126,303 – $149,019 total rem (pro rata) pa, including salary component $106,728 – $126,011 (pro rata) pa (Academic Level B), employer contribution to superannuation and annual leave loading.

General enquiries can be sent to Megan Cassidy-Welch, Program Director, Institute for Religion and Critical Inquiry at: megan.cassidy-welch@acu.edu.au

For applicants currently based overseas, ACU will provide support for relocation expenses and visa sponsorship.

Equal Opportunity and Privacy of personal information is University policy. For more details visit: www.acu.edu.au/careers

Find out more information on the benefits of working at ACU at: www.acu.edu.au/about-acu/careers-at-acu/why-work-at-acu

ACU is committed to diversity and social inclusion in its employment practices. Applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with disabilities and people from culturally diverse groups are encouraged.

Advertised: 28-OCT-2022

Applications close: 28-NOV-2022 at 11:59pm AUS Eastern Standard Time

For further information and to apply please see: https://www.seek.com.au/job/59009437?type=standout#sol=6c26d7c5cfa520b0abd6b0c19b10bf32f804c7f5

Boydell & Brewer’s Medieval Clothing and Textiles Annuals

Medieval Clothing and Textiles is a new collection containing the entire catalogue of Boydell & Brewer’s market-leading Medieval Clothing and Textiles annuals.

This rich interdisciplinary collection is the only opportunity to access the series in a single, cross-searchable online package, made available as part of the Bloomsbury Medieval Studies digital hub.

Content Highlights
• 16 annuals from Medieval Clothing and Textiles, with a 17th coming in Spring 2023
• The series features multiple examinations of specic clothing items—from wimples and tippets, to hoopskirts, capes, and headdresses
• Contains studies in the weaving, embroidering, and exporting of clothing and textiles around Medieval Europe

Features and Benefits for Research and Learning
• Broad scope—the articles offer in-depth studies that cover a broad geographical scope and a range of periods, from the early Middle Ages to the Renaissance
• Popular subject coverage—topics include masculinity, the history of women, religious clothing, and the representation of clothing and textiles in literature, tapestries, and art
• Annual Updates—a new annual will be added every year, ensuring access to the most up-to-date research in this vibrant field

Keep in Touch
With more collections coming soon, let us keep in touch with news of exciting new content. Sign up for our newsletter at https://www.bloomsbury.com/au/newsletters/bloomsbury-medieval-studies-newsletter/

For further information and login details please contact communications@anzamems.org

SHAPE Futures Network

Please see below information about the new SHAPE Futures network which will be of interest to those of you at the early and mid-levels of your careers. SHAPE – Social Sciences, Humanities, and Arts for People and Environment – is a new framing for the disciplines developed by the British Academy as a more outcomes-focused alternative to HASS (Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences).

The SHAPE Futures Network has been established with the support of the Australian Academy of the Humanities (AAH) and the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia (ASSA) to advocate for early and mid-career researchers (EMCRs) in the humanities and social sciences within and beyond the academy. Their goal is to act as a voice for EMCRs, to build a network among the cohort, and to foster opportunities for scholars to contribute to the strengthening of these disciplines.

The network has recently launched their website (https://shapefutures.com.au/), which explains the Network further, and includes useful resources for EMCRs as well as a portal to sign up to the SHAPE Futures newsletter. A crucial part of their work is their EMCR cohort survey, which will help build their understanding of the needs of this diverse group, informing their strategies for representation, advocacy, opportunities and network-building. The survey can be found on the website homepage.

The Australian SHAPE EMCR Network defines an EMCR as any person in Australia who self-identifies as an early- or mid-career researcher (typically up to 15 years post-PhD, excluding career interruptions). The term researcher is interpreted broadly, and the EMCR Network strongly believes that the humanities, arts and social sciences research community includes research and teaching academics, professionals and practice-focused individuals both within and outside of academia. Many early and mid-career researchers work in a variety of fields in industry and community and the SHAPE Futures network explicitly includes these researchers.

ANZAMEMS Professional Development Day

ANZAMEMS Professional Development Day
Wednesday 30 November 2022
The University of Melbourne (and online)
(Part of the Congress of HASS, https://www.chass.org.au/congress)

ANZAMEMS is excited to announce it will be running a Professional Development Day for postgraduates and early career researchers from both Australia and New Zealand at the upcoming Congress of the Council of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHASS) in Melbourne, in late November 2022.

The event will be held both in person at The University of Melbourne, and online via Zoom on Wednesday 30 November 2022.

The ANZAMEMS Professional Development Day will assist postgraduate and ECR scholars in their development as researchers and provide opportunities to network with experts and other postgraduates working in similar fields. The program will offer a mix of career development and state of the field/s reflections. A detailed program and list of speakers will be announced shortly.

All attendees will be expected to abide by the ANZAMEMS Equity and Diversity policy (https://www.anzamems.org/?page_id=9826) and Covid-Safe procedures.

Registration
Registration for the ANZAMEMS Professional Development Day is required. Registration is FREE for all attendees.

To register to attend the ANZAMEMS Professional Development Day either in-person or online, please visit: https://www.trybooking.com/954218

Covid-Safe Event
Please note: Covid-Safe measures will be in place during the Event for those attending in person:
Free masks, RATs and hand sanitiser will be provided by Event organisers;
In-person attendees will be required to wear masks whilst indoors, and to provide proof of a negative RAT the morning of the Event;
ANZAMEMS strongly encourages individuals to remain up to date with their COVID-19 vaccinations;
Covid-safe meal options for morning/afternoon tea and lunch will also be provided.

Childcare
The Congress of HASS is a child friendly event. For more information about childcare options, please visit the Congress website: https://www.chass.org.au/congress.

Travel and Carer Bursaries
A limited number of Travel and Carer bursaries will be available to ANZAMEMS members who are current or recent Postgraduates or Early Career Researchers to attend the Professional Development Day. This includes members from New Zealand. The amount of funding available, and hence the number of bursaries funded, will be determined by the Event organising committee after they have considered all the applications. Bursaries will be awarded on a competitive basis and applicants will be ranked according to distance travelled, financial need, current employment status, and access to other sources of funding.​

Current Postgraduates should be enrolled in higher degree research programs (MA by research or PhD) at the time of their application.

Early Career Researchers should have graduated from a higher degree research program (MA by research or PhD), and should not yet be employed in an ongoing academic position.

To apply for a bursary, please send an email titled 2022 ANZAMEMS Professional Development Day Bursary Application to Dr Marina Gerzic (info@anzamems.org) with the following information included in a Word document attached to the email (please do not send these details directly in the email itself):
Name, and affiliation (if any);
Type of bursary you are applying for, i.e., Travel or Carer;
Confirm whether you are a Postgraduate or Early Career Researcher;
Confirm that you are a financial member of ANZAMEMS for 2022;
A short budget (no more than 1/2 page) detailing the cost of attending the Event;
Details of any other sources of funding.

The closing date for bursary application is Friday 30 September.

Reminder: ANZAMEMS Maddern-Crawford Network Event Academic experiences, transitions, support, leadership

Call for Expressions of Interest: ANZAMEMS Maddern-Crawford Network Event
Academic experiences, transitions, support, leadership

The ANZAMEMS Maddern-Crawford Network is delighted to host an in-person networking event for female/female-identifying/non-binary ANZAMEMS members.

This event aims to bring together academics at all career stages (full-time; part-time; casual; honorary; independent scholars; postgraduates) for a series of workshops and talks with the purpose of:
• Networking;
• Sharing career experiences and challenges;
• Learning about leadership;
• Creating support and mentoring opportunities for postgrads, ECRs, MCRs and senior scholars in MEMS disciplines.

The sessions will be arranged around themes including ‘experience’, ‘leadership’, ‘support’, and ‘transitions’ and will include ample opportunity for informal discussion.

Where: ACU St Patrick’s campus, East Melbourne, Victoria.
When: November 8-9, 2022.
Eligibility: Female/female-identifying/non-binary ANZAMEMS members at all career stages.
Support: A limited number of bursaries for flights and accommodation available for Australian and New Zealand participants without other forms of financial support. Lunch on both days, morning/afternoon tea on both days, and a dinner on the 8th November will be provided.

There are a limited number of places for this event.

Please send a short (one-page) CV together with a short expression of interest to Prof. Megan Cassidy-Welch by Monday 29 August 2022. Email: Megan.Cassidy-Welch@acu.edu.au

This event is generously supported by the Australian Catholic University’s Medieval and Early Modern Studies Program.

Call for Expressions of Interest: ANZAMEMS Maddern-Crawford Network Event

Academic experiences, transitions, support, leadership

The ANZAMEMS Maddern-Crawford Network is delighted to host an in-person networking event for female/female-identifying/non-binary ANZAMEMS members.

This event aims to bring together academics at all career stages (full-time; part-time; casual; honorary; independent scholars; postgraduates) for a series of workshops and talks with the purpose of:
• Networking;
• Sharing career experiences and challenges;
• Learning about leadership;
• Creating support and mentoring opportunities for postgrads, ECRs, MCRs and senior scholars in MEMS disciplines.

The sessions will be arranged around themes including ‘experience’, ‘leadership’, ‘support’, and ‘transitions’ and will include ample opportunity for informal discussion.

Where: ACU St Patrick’s campus, East Melbourne, Victoria.
When: November 8-9, 2022.
Eligibility: Female/female-identifying/non-binary ANZAMEMS members at all career stages.
Support: A limited number of bursaries for flights and accommodation available for Australian and New Zealand participants without other forms of financial support. Lunch on both days, morning/afternoon tea on both days, and a dinner on the 8th November will be provided.

There are a limited number of places for this event.

Please send a short (one-page) CV together with a short expression of interest to Prof. Megan Cassidy-Welch by Monday 29 August 2022. Email: Megan.Cassidy-Welch@acu.edu.au

This event is generously supported by the Australian Catholic University’s Medieval and Early Modern Studies Program.

Medieval and Early Modern Centre April Newsletter

Medieval and Early Modern Centre, April 2022 Newsletter


April is a quieter month for events: Easter, mid-semester break, and Anzac Day land squarely in its middle and – hopefully – give us all some much-needed respite.

This month’s MEMC lunchtime seminar – on Friday 29 April – is a double-bill. We will have the opportunity to hear shorter papers (about 20 minutes each) from two of the Centre’s Honorary Associates, Andrew Mellas and Penny Nash. As you can see in the abstracts below, the presentations bring us into the material, sensory, and emotional worlds of the European middle ages, taking us from Byzantine liturgy through Carolingian, Ottonian, and Salian dress and costume.

We look forward to seeing you on Zoom at the end of the month. Meanwhile, enjoy the upcoming break,
John Gagné, Director

Events
MEMC Lunchtime Seminar

Friday 29 April
12:00 noon – 1:30 pm

Andrew Mellas (MEMC, Sydney), and Penny Nash (MEMC, Sydney)

(1) Andrew Mellas, “Romanos the Melodist and the Liturgical Emotions of Pascha”

The hymnos of Romanos the Melodist sought to shape an emotional and liturgical community in Constantinople. Retelling the sacred stories of Scripture, they become affective scripts for the faithful, teaching them to yearn for compunction, weep with grief and dance for joy. Emotions formed part of the desire for and experience of the salvific mystery in Byzantium. However, they were transformed together with the whole of human nature in this mystical experience.

This paper will explore one of Romanos’ paschal songs, On the Resurrection VI, which invited the faithful to experience the dialectic between the beginning of salvation history and the end of all things, weaving together the fallenness of the congregation with the promise of rebirth. While this paper will also allude to other hymns composed for Pascha, it will consider how the tears of Romanos’ protagonist, Mary Magdalen – who was conquered by weeping but overcome by the fire of love – embodied a metamorphosis of grief into joy. In the liminal space between the absence and presence of Christ’s body, during the interlude between crucifixion and resurrection, Romanos’ song elicited a longing for the eschaton that is yet to come but already dawning.

See below for Zoom link

(2) Penny Nash, “Pointy Hats, Glittering Headdresses and Audacious Demeanour as Symbols of Power and Sovereignty”

The examination of clothing, jewellery, gifts, and other material objects, together with the deportment of the giver and the receiver of such items, especially in how they are visually presented, is crucial in understanding the intentions of the participants.

The paper deals with the symbolism of the posture and clothing, especially headgear, in a number of depictions of historical figures. Examined are Pepin’s and Charlemagne’s pointy hats; Theophanu’s gifts to the West from Byzantium; the bareheaded portrait of Henry, dux of Bavaria (‘the Wrangler’); and Countess Matilda’s possible claim to royality in her manuscript portrait with the Germanic king Henry IV and Abbot Hugh of Cluny at Canossa – among other images.

This paper puts into historical perspective selected artworks created between the eighth and early-twelfth centuries in Western Europe (the Carolingian, Ottonian, and Salian periods). It demonstrates how important representations can be in depicting and nuancing our understanding of the tensions and concerns of the people involved and prefaces later portrayals in the Renaissance.

Join via Zoom (same link for both talks): https://uni-sydney.zoom.us/j/89068632840

CFP Royal Studies Network New Digital Seminar Series

The Royal Studies Network are developing a new Digital Seminar Series for members launching in January 2021. The call for proposals for seminars is now open and can be found here: royalstudiesnetwork.org/digital-seminar-series. The deadline for consideration in the 2021 series is 1 December 2020.

For more information or to join the Royal Studies Network please see the website.

ACU Medieval and Early Modern Studies Seminar Series

The members of the Medieval and Early Modern Studies program at ACU are delighted to invite you to attend our next virtual seminar on August 21 at 2:00pm AEST:

“Plague Time: Space, Fear and Emergency Statecraft in Early-Modern Italy”, presented by Nicholas Eckstein (University of Sydney).

Please find the poster for the event attached below. To RSVP for Zoom details, please email: MEMS.seminar@acu.edu.au.