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    SMFS 2021 Elections

    It is time to begin the process of our annual elections to the Advisory Board of the Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship. Here is a summary of elections-related activity occurring this year: Advisory Board members concluding terms of service in 2020: Bettina Bildhauer Jonathan Hsy Janine Larmon Peterson Graduate Student Representative concluding term of service in 2020: Jenny C. Bledsoe The executive Team, on behalf of the Advisory Board and society membership, wishes to express our gratitude to these departing members of the ad board for your efforts in support of our organization’s many initiatives over the past several years. Thank you to all of you! 2021 ELECTIONS The SMFS…

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    CFP: Leeds IMC 2021

    Below, please find the CFP for three SMFS-sponsored sessions to be proposed for the Leeds IMC 2021 (July 5-8, 2021). Note that at this time, the conference is intended to be held in-person; however, it may be moved to a virtual format dependent upon the global conditions of the Covid-19 pandemic. session proposal 1: Affect, Action, Effect, Reaction: Gender and Emotions in the Courtly Climates of Medieval Romance We seek 20-minute papers examining any aspect(s) of the intersection of gender and emotion in medieval romance. session proposal 2: Affect, Action, Effect, Reaction: Gender and Emotions in the Cultural Climates of the Medieval World We seek 20-minute papers examining the intersection…

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    Announcement: SMFS Best Article Prize 2021 Call for Submissions

    We are pleased to announce the call for nominations and submissions for the 2021 SMFS Best Article of Medieval Feminist Scholarship Prize. Articles published in calendar years 2019 and 2020 will be considered for this prize. Articles submitted for this prize will be assessed on both scholarly merit and relevance to the remit of SMFS. Topics are open, including issues regarding women, gender, trans* studies, feminist approaches and theory, and intersectionality. Range of study must, however, focus on the medieval period (ca. 500 to 1500). The prize is US $300.00. Deadline for submissions is 1 December 2020. Announcement of prizewinner will occur in late February/early March 2021. Please send all…

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    Announcement: SMFS Best Graduate Essay Prize 2021 Call for Submissions

    The SMFS Graduate Student Essay Competition for 2021 is now open. This competition is open to all currently-enrolled graduate students, including those who will complete their degree in the current academic year. Papers submitted for consideration should be polished, original scholarly work and may cover any aspect of medieval studies that focuses on issues of women, gender, and/or sexuality. Papers written originally as conference presentations or seminar/ capstone assignments should be revised into article length, format, and style prior to submission for this contest. Requirements: 1. Papers should be no longer than 8000 words, not counting foot/endnotes and bibliography. 2. Papers should be submitted as Microsoft Word documents (doc OR…

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    SMFS Statement on Institutional Racism, Police Violence, and the Murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and Tony McDade

    The Advisory Board of the Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship stands in solidarity with Black communities in medieval and early modern studies, in the United States, and around the world. We support #BlackLivesMatter and #JusticeForGeorgeFloyd, and we decry the structural racism and white supremacist and patriarchal foundations that continue to enable state-sanctioned murder of Black people by police and by extrajudical violence.   As an intersectional feminist organization committed to racial and gender justice, we recognize that Black women are too often left out of the national and international conversations on racism and police murder. We #SayHerName and demand justice for Breonna Taylor, Sandra Bland, Rekia Boyd, Tanisha Anderson, Sarah Reed,…

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    SMFS Statement in Support of Dr. Mary Rambaran-Olm

    SMFS statement in support of Dr Mary Rambaran-Olm During her talk at the recent Race Before Race symposium in Washington D.C, Dr Mary Rambaran-Olm resigned from her position on the board of the International Society of Anglo-Saxonists (ISAS). The Advisory Board of Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship (SMFS) would like to add our voices to the Medievalists of Color, the Queerdievalists, the IONA conference organizers, and the MLA Old English Forum in supporting Dr Rambaran-Olm’s brave decision to resign and her continued efforts to advocate for change from outside ISAS. We unequivocally endorse Dr Rambaran-Olm’s recommendations for the future of the field, which stem from her expertise in the field…

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    CFPs: SMFS at the Southeastern Medieval Association 2019

    The Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship is seeking abstracts for papers to be delivered in two SMFS-sponsored sessions at the Southeastern Medieval Association Conference, which will convene in Greensboro, North Carolina November 14-16, 2019. Please circulate widely, and submit, or encourage others who might be interested to submit, an abstract of 300 words plus a brief bio BY JUNE 3, 2019. (Please note that the sessions are contingent upon conference organizers’ approval, although we have an excellent track record of having our sessions accepted at this conference.) DEADLINE EXTENDED TO JUNE 10! Contact: Melissa Ridley Elmes, MElmes@lindenwood.edu Session 1: Sex, Gender, and Violence on the Premodern Stage This session seeks…

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    SMFS Elections Update

    Please note that due to unforeseen circumstances, the timeframe for this year’s advisory board election has been pushed back. We will be emailing our membership with an updated timeframe in the next week or two. Elections will still be held this month, and we have an exciting ballot of candidates for your consideration! –Melissa Ridley Elmes, SMFS Vice-President and 2018 Elections Coordinator

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    Remembering Sally Livingston

    Remembering Sally Livingston Remarks from: Linda Mitchell, current SMFS President Liz Herbert McAvoy, President Emerita of SMFS Melissa Ridley Elmes, Vice-President of SMFS   N.b. Sally’s family has established a permanent page where remembrances are being posted at http://www.legacy.com/guestbooks/masslive/sally-a-livingston-condolences/190434768?cid=full We also invite those SMFS members who would do so to submit their own comments and memories of Sally here on the SMFS website, using the “comment” function on this page, above.   To say that Sally Livingston was one of the most extraordinary leaders of SMFS is quite an understatement. Sally started her academic career in the 1960s, then went on to become one of the leaders of women’s empowerment…

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    2018 SMFS Elections: Call for nominations

    It is time to begin the process of our annual elections to the Advisory Board of the Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship. Here is a summary of elections-related activity occurring this year: Advisory Board Departures: Jessica Barr (2016-2018) Nicole Nolan Sidhu (moved into executive team position, 2018) Jessica Ward (graduate student representative, 2016-2018) The executive Team, on behalf of the Advisory Board and society membership, wishes to expressed our gratitude to these departing members of the ad board for your efforts in support of our organization’s many initiatives over the past several years. Thank you, Jessica, Jessica, and Nicole! We will be electing the following positions in the 2018 elections:…