Saturday, November 14, 2015

Crusading Masculinities

From the Medieval Religion listserve:

CFP: Crusading Masculinities.

An international workshop on Crusading Masculinities will be held at the University of Zurich from 30 March-1 April 2016. The workshop's aim is to bring together scholars from the fields of gender history and crusader studies, in order to highlight and examine the variety of masculinities which were represented in the context of the crusades. 

We invite offers of twenty-minute papers relating to the crusades on the following themes:
• Competing masculinities/men and social status
• Masculinities and public display/rituals
• Clerical and/or lay masculinities
• Gender and Late Medieval Crusading Ideals
• Masculinities and violence/non-violence
• Masculinities and the family
• Female masculinities
• Women as audience/women in relation to masculinities
• Representations of masculinities in art/material culture/music
• Individual exemplars of masculinities and leadership roles
• Military Orders and masculinities
• Crusading Memory and Masculinities
• Cross-cultural encounters: gendering the ‘enemy’
• Muslim and Byzantine perspectives
• Spanish and Eastern-European perspectives
• Crusading Medievalism and Masculinity
Papers can be in relation to any historical forum where crusading formed a relevant ideological component, and we also welcome papers from scholars who explore non-textual sources. We are happy to accept submissions over a broad chronological timescale, in relation to crusading activity or representation across Europe, the Mediterranean and the Middle East – from a range of disciplinary perspectives. We are particularly keen to encourage postgraduates to offer papers and hope to be able to provide postgraduate speakers with financial support towards travel costs, accommodation, and registration. There is space for up to thirty participants.
Please send abstracts of c. 300 words to by 15 November 2015. For further details, including a list of confirmed speakers see 

NEH Summer Institute - Teaching the Reformation

From the Medieval Religion listserve:

National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute on Teaching the Reformation

Colleagues at US colleges and universities who are teaching or will be teaching any aspect of the Reformation are invited to apply for one of the twenty-five places in the forthcoming NEH summer institute, “Teaching the Reformation After Five Hundred Years.”

This three week intensive program takes place from July 11 to July 29, 2016 at the Meeter Center, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan, co-directed by Karin Maag (Director of the Meeter Center) and Katherine Van Liere (History Department, Calvin College), joined by David Whitford (Religion Department, Baylor University) as the third leading instructor. These three experts on the Reformed, Catholic, and Lutheran Reformations will be joined by visiting lecturers for two days each: Katherine French (University of Michigan) for the medieval context, John Roth (Goshen College) for the Anabaptists and radicals, and Kristen Walton (Salisbury University) for the Reformation in England and Scotland.

The application deadline is March 1, 2016. Successful applicants each receive a $2,700 stipend to help cover their expenses. Up to three places are reserved for graduate students. Please see to find out more about this opportunity and how to apply.

The Rare Book & Manuscript Library (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

The John "Bud" Velde Visiting Scholars Program
The Rare Book & Manuscript Library
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS, 2016-17 Program Cycle

The Rare Book & Manuscript Library annually awards two stipends of up to $3,000 to scholars and researchers, unaffiliated with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, who would like to spend a month or more conducting research with our materials. 

The holdings of The Rare Book & Manuscript Library are substantial. Comprehensive collections support research in printing and printing history, Renaissance studies, Elizabethan and Stuart life and letters, John Milton and his age, emblem studies, economic history, and works on early science and natural history. The library also houses the papers of such diverse literary figures as Carl Sandburg, H. G. Wells, William Maxwell, and W. S. Merwin. In addition, it is anticipated that the Gwendolyn Brooks Papers will be open to researchers in time for this program cycle.

For information about this program, how to apply, and to find out more about The Rare Book & Manuscript Library, please visit our Web site at:

Please contact the Public Programs Manager, Dennis Sears, with further questions about the program or the Rare Book & Manuscript Library:

Or email Dennis: dsears (at) illinois (dot) edu.   

Deadline for application: *5 February 2016*