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    Laura Saetveit Miles wins the 2022 SMFS Best First Book in Feminist Studies Award!

    The recipient of the 2022 SMFS Best First Book in Medieval Feminist Studies award is Laura Saetveit Miles, for The Virgin Mary’s Book at the Annunciation: Reading, Interpretation, and Devotion in Medieval England (D.S. Brewer, 2020). Here is the publisher’s description: The Annunciation remains one of the most recognizable scenes in western Christianity: the angel Gabriel addressing the Virgin Mary, capturing the moment when Christ becomes incarnate. But one consistent detail has evaded our scrutiny – Mary’s book. What was she reading? What does her book mean? This innovative study traces the history of Mary’s book at the Annunciation from the early Middle Ages through to the Reformation, focusing on…

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    SMFS President’s Letter to the Membership

    Dear Members of the Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship, As I conclude my presidency of this organization, I wish to share a few comments and reflections.  I begin with my deepest thanks and gratitude to you all for trusting me to lead our society in these unprecedented times. As a dedicated service leader, it has been an honor to use my particular collaborative and action-oriented approach to leadership to help our society make meaningful and high-impact choices which, I hope, will continue to be developed and implemented going forward. I am proud that every decision made on behalf of SMFS throughout my time as President was made through shared governance,…

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    SMFS Election Results

    Thelma Trujillo, elections chair, and the members of the SMFS Advisory Board are pleased to announce the results of the 2022 SMFS Advisory Board elections. The results are: New Advisory Board members:Sara McDougall Daisy Black Amy Livingstone Lucy C. Barnhouse Graduate Student Representative:Christine James Zepeda Vice-President:Nicole Lopez-Jantzen We also take this opportunity to express our deep appreciation for our outgoing board members, Marjorie Housley, Shyama Rajendran, and Becky Straple-Stovers. Thank you to all members of the ad board, outgoing, incoming, and continuing, for their service to the organization and the profession.

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    Announcing the Inaugural Cycle of the SMFS Rising Star Grant to Support the Work of BIPOC Medieval Scholars

    SMFS Rising Star Grant   All materials due to Carissa Harris (carissa.harris@temple.edu) by March 1, 2022  Purpose   The new grant program will support the work of BIPOC medieval scholars whose work addresses the intersections of two or more of the following areas: race, gender, sexuality, disability, and social justice. This award particularly seeks to support work focused on medieval law/legal discourse; the work of scholar-activists; and/or those researching historical dimensions of racial justice issues.  The award is intended to support BIPOC medieval scholars who are in early stages of their career (e.g. graduate students and ECRs), independent scholars, or members of the academic precariate, in an effort to provide timely,…

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    SMFS Statement on the Al Jazeera “Degrees of Abuse” Investigation

    In light of Al Jazeera’s investigation on the decades-long sexual predation and harassment by Professor Andy Orchard, the Advisory Board of the Society for Medievalist Feminist Scholarship stands in solidarity and gratitude with the people who shared their stories. We are appalled by the long history of this abusive behavior and the institutional protection that has allowed Professor Orchard to continue using his position of power to intimidate and endanger students and colleagues. As an intersectional feminist organization, we are committed to gender and racial justice, and urge Professor Orchard’s current employer, University of Oxford, to take action to support students, past and present, whose lives have been permanently and…

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    SMFS 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 2021: Nicole Lopez-Jantzen Marjorie Housley Shyama Rajendran Graduate Student Representative concluding term of service in 2020: Becky Straple 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! 2022 ELECTIONS The SMFS Advisory Board…

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    Graduate Student Essay Competition

    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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    MFF Managing Editor Position call for applicants

    Medieval Feminist Forum: A Journal of Gender and Sexuality is soliciting applications for the managing editor’s position. MFF is a peer-reviewed digital journal supported by the Society of Medieval Feminist Scholarship and (beginning June 2021) published through Medieval Institute Publications. We put out two issues annually–typically, one special issue and one general issue–alongside subsidia issues through our translation series. Each issue is roughly between 140-160 pages in length (≈ 4-8 articles, plus book reviews). The managing editor is a 5-year appointment. The individual in this position works and liaises with the MFF editorial board and MIP staff. Primary duties include managing incoming submissions, identifying potential reviewers for submitted articles, evaluating…

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    SMFS Best First Book in Feminist Medieval Studies Prize now accepting submissions!

    The Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship Book Committee is now accepting submissions for the 2022 Best First Book of Feminist Scholarship on the Middle Ages. The competition is open to first monographs in any area of medieval studies. Nominated books should represent the best first monographs of feminist medieval scholarship published AND with a copyright date in 2020 or 2021.  The prize (an award of $500), will be announced in the spring, and formally awarded at the SMFS reception at the Kalamazoo International Medieval Congress in May of 2022. Self-nominations are acceptable; presses may nominate more than one title. Please arrange for TWO copies (preferably hard copies) of each nominated…

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    Congratulations to the SMFS 2020 Award Winners!

    The Advisory Board of the Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship is delighted to announce our 2020 award winners! Best Graduate Essay: Molly Bronstein, “Marie de Clèves’s “Rien ne m’est plus”: Reshaping Widowhood in the Roman de Troyle.” Molly receives 3 years’ membership in SMFS and mentoring towards publication of her essay as an article in Medieval Feminist Forum. Best article in Medieval Feminist studies, Special Commendation: Dr. Erik Wade, “Representation and Inclusion in the Old English Classroom,” published in Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Teaching 27.2 (2020). Erik receives a $100 honorarium. Best Article in Medieval Feminist Studies: Dr. M.W. Bychowski and Dr. Dorothy Kim, “Visions of Medieval Trans Feminism:…