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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:…

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    Dr. Dana Oswald wins 2021 Bonnie Wheeler Fellowship

    On behalf of the Advisory Board, SMFS would like to congratulate Dr. Dana Oswald, recipient of the 2021 Bonnie Wheeler Fellowship! Dana will use this award to complete her book manuscript on Old English Maternal Bodies, which examines the medical and legal Early English traditions to find the reproductive bodies of women in a corpus of literature that participates in the occlusions of such bodies and the lives of those in possession of them. To read more about Dana and her work, visit this webpage: http://bonniewheelerfund.org/past_winners.aspx Dana will be mentored in the completion of this project by Dr. Monica Green, world-renowned expert in medieval women’s medical studies. Congratulations, Dana! We…

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    Medieval Feminist Forum Managing Editor Position

    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 (approximately 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 Statement on the Deadly Spa Shooting in Atlanta

    In the wake of the shootings in Atlanta this week, the Advisory Board of the Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship stands in solidarity with AAPI communities in the United States and globally. We support #StopAsianHate and we decry the structural racism and white supremacist and patriarchal foundations that continue to enable the senseless murder of our fellow human beings by people who are not only permitted to walk away from their hate crimes against minority populations, but who are also too often protected in the wake of their killings by the very authorities tasked with the protection of the citizenry. We remember, honor, and mourn Soon Chung Park, Hyun Jung…

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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 2020 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…