Friday, February 1, 2013

MAM Secretary - Announcement

Palimpsest recently found in the HMML collections (a/k/a early modern recycling).
  • Special announcement from the Council of the Medieval Association of the Midwest
  • Midwest Conference on British Studies
  • 2013 International Congress on Medieval Studies (Kalamazoo) program now online (link below)


The Council of the Medieval Association of the Midwest invites applications for the newly created position of Secretary.

Duties include the following:

Maintaining records, including membership, mailing, and subscription lists.
Communicating with members, officers, and the public (especially electronically), including announcements, correspondence, etc.
Coordinating flow of information to Nuntia editor, Enarratio editors, officers, and council members.
Preparing for annual business meetings at Kalamazoo, including agendas and minutes.

The term of office is three years beginning in May of 2013. In the first year the incumbent will work with the current Executive Secretary to insure a smooth transition.

As the description indicates, this is an important office in our organization. Performing such functions in a regional academic association constitutes significant professional service, the more so since the initial occupant of this position will play a formative role in its establishment. Because the Secretary must attend business meetings, MAM provides a stipend to cover some of the costs of this travel.

The ideal candidate would have support from his or her institution in the form of recognition, release time, assistance, and/or travel funding.

Those wishing to be nominated for the office of Secretary should submit an expression of interest by March 15, 2013, to Kris Bixby at


Academic Affairs Box 13
Wichita State University
1845 Fairmont
Wichita, KS 67260-0013

The expression of interest should include a one-page statement explaining reasons for being interested, participation in the Medieval Association of the Midwest, any experience or similar service relevant to the position, and any information about possible institutional support (e.g., travel funding, credit for tenure, promotion, etc.), if appropriate.

Expressions of interest and nominations of others (with consent) will be reviewed by the Council at its annual meeting in May. Following the usual practice, the Council will prepare a slate of nominees to present to the membership at the business meeting. Nominations from the floor will also be entertained.

Questions may be addressed to the officers:
President, Harriet Hudson
Vice President, Ed Risden

This announcement will also be posted on the MAM website (


Submitted by Jennifer McNabb (Western Illinois University)

The Midwest Conference on British Studies is proud to announce that its 60th Annual Meeting will be hosted by DePaul University in Chicago, October 11-13, 2013.

The keynote speaker will be Professor Robert Bucholz of Loyola University of Chicago, and the plenary address will be given by Professor Jonathan Rose of Drew University. The MWCBS is also pleased to celebrate the career of Professor Walter L. Arnstein at this year's meeting.

The MWCBS seeks papers from scholars in all fields of British Studies, broadly defined to include those who study England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, and Britain's Empire and the Commonwealth. We welcome scholars from a broad spectrum of disciplines, including but not limited to history, literature, political science, gender studies and art history. Proposals for complete sessions are preferred, although proposals for individual papers will be considered. We welcome roundtables (of four participants plus chair) and panels (of three participants plus chair/commentator) that:
  • * offer cross-disciplinary perspectives on topics in British Studies
  • * situate the arts, letters, and sciences in a British cultural context
  • * examine representations of British and imperial/Commonwealth national identities
  • * consider Anglo-American relations, past and present
  • * examine new trends in British Studies
  • * assess a major work or body of work by a scholar
  • * explore new developments in digital humanities and/or research methodologies
After positive responses to recent roundtables on teaching and employment, we would particularly like to receive proposals for teaching roundtables that discuss collaborative or innovative learning techniques in the British Studies classroom and for professional development roundtables dealing with research, publication, or employment. We are also pleased to announce a session on holdings available to scholars conducting research in the Chicago area.

The MWCBS welcomes papers presented by advanced graduate students and will award the Walter L. Arnstein Prize for the best graduate student paper(s) given at the conference. A limited number of graduate travel scholarships will be available, and all graduate students are encouraged to apply. Please see the MWCBS website for further details:

Proposals must:
- Include a 200-word abstract for each paper and a brief, 1-page c.v. for each participant, including chairs and commentators.
- For full panels, include a brief 200-word preview of the panel as a whole.

Please place the panel proposal, the accompanying paper proposals and vitas in one file and send it as a single attachment. Also identify within the email the contact person for the panel.

All proposals should be submitted electronically by April 1, 2013, to the Program Committee Chair, Jennifer McNabb at .

Program Committee: Martin Greig, Ryerson University; Phil Harling, University of Kentucky; Robin Hermann, University of Louisiana at Lafayette; Isaac Land, Indiana State University; Jennifer McNabb, Chair, Western Illinois University; and Cathryn Spence, University of Guelph.

Visit the MWCBS website at


2013 International Congress on Medieval Studies (Kalamazoo) program now online (link below)

Direct link to the program:

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