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Fellowship: Postdoctoral Fellowship at Speculum

speculumPostdoctoral Fellowship at Speculum, July 1, 2016 – July 31, 2017.
Deadline: May 1, 2016.

The Medieval Society of America is searching for a one-year postdoctoral fellow to serve as editorial assistant at Speculum from July 1, 2016 – July 31, 2017.

This position offers qualified individuals an opportunity to develop as scholars and editors. The postdoc will receive a $43,000 stipend, health benefits, and limited research and travel funds.

The fellow will be expected to assume  responsibilities for certain editorial tasks at Speculum 35 hours/week, including, but not limited to: coordinating reviews with book review editors; contacting reviewers; checking citations for accepted articles; proofreading reviews, Brief Notices, Books Received, and Tables of Contents; and proofing full issues of Speculum.

In addition, the assistant will be encouraged to continue to develop a research program and participate in the cultural life of medieval studies in the Boston area. The term is subject to the postdoc’s continuing, acceptable performance of the duties required, as determined by the Editor of Speculum.

Eligibility: Eligible candidates must meet the following requirements and demonstrate the following qualifications:

  • PhD in some field of medieval studies before July 1, 2016 but no earlier than January 1, 2011.
  • Attention to detail and evidence of a high level of scholarly precision, particularly with regards to proofreading and bibliographic detail.
  • Strong work ethic

How to Apply: All interested candidates should write to Sarah Spence, Editor of Speculum (sspence@themedievalacademy.org), and should include the following:

  •  One-page cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Unofficial transcript
  •  Two letters of recommendation, one of which should directly address the applicant’s editing ability

The deadline for applications is May 1, 2016. Assistants must be resident in Cambridge, MA during the year.

Job: Editorial assistant for Speculum (Deadline 15 June 2015)


Applicants must have strong computer and editorial skills, together with a background in any area of the humanities with a particular specialty in Medieval Studies, and must be available to start work in the fall of 2015 in Cambridge, MA. Strict attention to detail and excellent communication skills are particularly important. Reading ability in French, German, Spanish, Arabic, Latin and/or Italian is also highly desirable.


This internship will provide experience with the book review process of Speculum, the journal of the Medieval Academy of America. Duties include: sorting books; mailing books to reviewers; compiling information in a database from print books and online resources; transmitting information to the book review editors; receiving, organizing, and proofreading reviews for publication; and using an Excel-based management system (or other appropriate software).

This is a two-stage part-time paid internship. For the first three months the intern will sort and mail the review books while training under the current senior intern (12 hours per week). In January the intern will share the duties of the senior intern, including managing the database of reviews, working with the Book Review Editors, and coordinating and proofreading the reviews (up to 28 hours per week at a higher rate).

The position will begin in September 2015 and run for one year, with a possible renewal for a second year.

Preference will be given to applicants residing in the Boston area during the tenure of the job.

Submit cover letter, together with resume and up-to-date contact information for two referees to Sarah Spence, Editor, Speculum, sspence@themedievalacademy.org. Applications completed by June 15 will be given full consideration.

For more information about Speculum, click here.

Publication: Speculum, Vol. 89, issue 2 (April 2014)

SPCSpeculum, published quarterly since 1926, was the first scholarly journal in North America devoted exclusively to the Middle Ages, a period ranging from 500 to 1500. It is open to contributions in all fields studying this era. Its primary emphasis is on Western Europe, but Arabic, Byzantine, Hebrew, and Slavic studies are also included.  The journal publishes over a thousand pages a year of articles and book reviews, reaches an international audience, and is the most widely distributed journal of medieval studies.

– Gold Coinage and Its Use in the Post-Roman West, Rory Naismith

– “Knowledge Will Be Manifold”: Daniel 12.4 and the Idea of Intellectual Progress in the Middle Ages, J.R. Webb

– Early-Medieval Exegesis of the Song of Songs and the Maternal Language of Clerical Authority, Hannah W. Mattis

– In Praise of the Too-Clement Emperor: The Problem of Forgiveness in the Astronomer’s Vita Hludowici imperatoris, Andrew J. Romig

– Neither Bewitched nor Beguiled: Philip Augustus’s Alleged Impotence and Innocent III’s Response, Constance M. Rousseau





New Issue of Speculum

Publication News: New Issue of Speculum

SPCThe latest issue of Speculum is now available online, including articles by Christian C. Sahner on translation and history in Orosius and Augustine, Lisa Perfetti on the eroticizing poetics of medieval French crusaders, Andrew G. Miller on equestrian mutilation and masculinity in medieval England, Filip Van Tricht on Robert of Courtenay’s rule as emperor of Constantinople, and Michael Penman on the personal piety and devotions to Scottish saints and relics of Robert Bruce.

Also reviewed in the journal are:
– Janet Burton and Julie Kerr, The Cistercians in the Middle Ages (Woodbridge: Boydell and Brewer, 2011)
– Emma Dillon, The Sense of Sound: Musical Meaning in France, 1260–1330 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012)
–  Kavita Mudan Finn, The Last Plantagenet Consorts: Gender, Genre, and Historiography, 1440–1627 (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012)
– Michelle Karnes, Imagination, Meditation, and Cognition in the Middle Ages. (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2011)
– Sherry C. M. Lindquist, ed., The Meanings of Nudity in Medieval Art. (Farnham: Ashgate, 2012)
– Henry Maguire, Nectar and Illusion: Nature in Byzantine Art and Literature (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012)
– Nina Rowe, The Jew, the Cathedral, and the Medieval City: Synagoga and Ecclesia in the Thirteenth Century (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011)
– Christine Sciacca, ed., Florence at the Dawn of the Renaissance: Painting and Illumination, 1300–1350 (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2012)

See the journal at Cambridge Journals Online here.