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    SMFS Elections: Call For Nominations

    It is time to begin the process of our annual elections for the Advisory Board of the Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship. Here is a summary of elections-related activity occurring this year: Executive Team departures: –Liz Herbert McAvoy is stepping down after her two years of service as President. Thank you SO much, Liz, for everything you have done on behalf of SMFS. –Linda Mitchell will move into the President’s position from the Vice-Presidency. Yay, Linda! –After serving a term and a renewed term, Vickie Larson has requested that the Treasurer’s position go up for election. Thank you SO much to Vickie for her dedication and service to the society…

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    SMFS Statement on Academic Professionalism

    SMFS joins with the New Chaucer Society and other recently vocal groups in condemning all uncivil practices involving the belittling, ridiculing and otherwise denigration of the scholarly work and/or opposing positions of others. It also especially deplores any unprofessional practices involving the publicizing of images and information concerning the private lives of individuals with a view to invoking harm, whether intellectual or physical. Whilst recognizing the need for the academic freedom to publish research and personal opinion, we nevertheless categorically deplore the type of insouciant practice that willfully exposes individuals to third-party aggression by means of such so-called doxxing. We concur that this, and other forms of aggressive harassment have…

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    SMFS First Feminist Book Prize now open

      Call for Submissions: 2017 Prize for Best First Feminist Book on the Middle Ages The Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship announces that its 2017 competition for the best first monograph of feminist scholarship on the Middle Ages is now open. The Societys Awards Committee is therefore soliciting nominations of first monographs in any area of medieval studies. Nominated books should represent the best first monographs of feminist medieval scholarship published in 2016 and 2017 and the authors of books may self-nominate. 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 2018. Self-nominations…

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    SMFS Advisory Board Statement Supporting a Diverse and Inclusive Medieval Studies

    The Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship has always advocated for a methodologically and demographically diverse medieval studies. Inclusivity, capaciousness, and variation are, we think, essential for the continuing intellectual vitality of the field. The IMCs recent failure to responsibly engage notions of Otherness and the resistance of the congress organizers, represented by Axel Mller, to implicate their own decision processes in the choosing of plenary speakers, is therefore dismaying to this body. In August 2016, nearly a year before the 2017 Congress, SMFS President Liz Herbert McAvoy wrote to the organizers of the IMC at Leeds to question their choice of overwhelmingly white, middle-aged, and male plenary speakers in a…

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    GMS / SMFS Conference 2018. CFP: Gender, Identity, Iconography

    GENDER AND MEDIEVAL STUDIES / SMFS CONFERENCE Gender, Identity, Iconography Corpus Christi College, University of Oxford 8th-10th January 2018 Plenary Speakers: Prof. Annie Sutherland (University of Oxford); Prof. Trish Skinner (Swansea University); Dr Alicia Spencer-Hall (Institute of Advanced Studies) ANNOUNCEMENT AND CALL FOR PAPERS The glittering beauty of the Alfred Jewel, the rich illustration of the Lindisfarne Gospels, the dominating Great West Window of York Minster, the intricate embroidery of the Bayeux Tapestry, the luminous Maest of Duccio, the opulent Oseberg ship burial, and the sophisticated imagery of the Ruthwell cross are all testament to the centrality of the visual to our understanding of a range of medieval cultures. Constructed…

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    SMFS Foremothers Fellowship prize: new call

    The 2018 SMFS Foremothers Fellowship The Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship invites applications for the 2018 Foremothers Fellowship. Funded through the generous gift of royalties from the editors and authors of theOxford Handbook of Women and Gender in Medieval Europe (Judith Bennett and Ruth Mazo Karras), the grant provides $2,000 for a current doctoral candidate (at the time of the proposed project) to undertake a significant professional development initiative. The winner will be partnered with a senior medieval scholar whose guidance and association can assist the student in developing and executing the project. Such projects might include: Travel to a conference relevant to medieval feminist scholarship Travel to visit archives,…

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    President’s letters to Leeds IMC re. diversity and inclusivity

    It is with deepening concern that I have responded to the recent controversy regarding racially offensive comments made at the introduction of one of the plenary sessions at the Leeds IMC this year and, on behalf of SMFS, wish to support the current demands of many medievalists for systemic changes to be made in the way policies and programming at the IMC appear to be operating. Indeed, I raised just such concerns with the IMC management in August of 2016, when the theme of ‘Otherness’ was announced for the 2017 Leeds IMC. At that point, I wrote to express our entirely valid concerns about the combined whiteness and maleness of…

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    CFP: Gender Based Violence on Campus

    The journal Violence Against Women announces a special issue that will explore “Transforming campus cultures: Activism to end gender based violence.” The issue will be co-editing by Susan Marine at Merrimack College and Ruth Lewis at The University of Northumbria. Ruth writes: “We are eager to receive abstracts from scholars, activists, and scholar-activists, examining the role of transformational action to change campus cultures around sexual, domestic, and other forms of gender-based violence. Our project aims to examine intersectional, local, national and transnational approaches, seeking to broaden understanding of how such violence can be opposed through collective and/or individual acts of resistance.” The text of the full CFP is available below.…

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    Kalamazoo and Leeds SMFS Merchandise now available!

    Support SMFS in style at Kalamazoo and Leeds! Show your support with an SMFS button ($2.50), zippered tote bag ($15), mug ($20), or t-shirt ($15–$20). Merchandise can be purchased at the SMFS reception, business meeting, or banquet. Note: t-shirts are available in women’s sizes S–XL (grey) and unisex L–XXL (natural). If you are unable to be in Kalamazoo or Leeds this year, but would like one or more of these items, e-mail Linda Mitchell at the University of Missouri – Kansas City, to arrange shipping and payment.

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    2017 Foremothers Society Honors Constance H. Berman

    SMFS is pleased to announce that the Medieval Foremothers Society will be honoring the scholarly and professional contributions of Professor Constance H. Berman at this years Congress on Medieval Studies. We have organized two sessions reflecting Professor Berman influence and interests: Connie’s entire career has been devoted to shedding light on medieval women previously unrecognized or ignored by historians, forcing scholars to acknowledge not only the presence, but the power, of women in the past. As a result of her work, the medieval narrative has been irrevocably altered. It is now more accurate and inclusive. In addition, so many individuals within academia have benefited from her generosity and support. She…