TOEBI would like to publicly state our complete support for the victims that have spoken out in the Al Jazeera report, as well as for those who remain anonymous. Our thoughts are with survivors. For the record, Andy Orchard has no part in our organisation and he will not be cited in the newsletter.
In light of recent reports in the media, TOEBI would like to condemn in the strongest terms all forms of sexual harassment, abuse, and bullying. We are committed to a fully inclusive, safe, and harassment-free environment for all our members. The TOEBI committee will take action against any person, regardless of perceived seniority, who violates our values and code of conduct. We want our members to be assured that we have zero tolerance for such behaviour and are committed to making the field of Old English studies a better, safer, and more inclusive environment for all. Any of our members is welcome to approach the TOEBI committee with any concerns or questions.
We have made an additional statement in support of the victims of this abuse here.
A revised and updated version of the Learning with the Online Thesaurus of Old English (TOE) teaching package has been released. It is freely available for class or individual use at http://oldenglishteaching.arts.gla.ac.uk/
Submitted by Carole Hough, University of Glasgow
The Medieval Colloquium of the Department of English at Harvard University invites applications for the Morton W. Bloomfield Visiting Fellowship, a four-week residential fellowship that can be held at any time during the 2016-17 academic year (September through May). Thanks to the generosity of the Morton W. Bloomfield Fund, established in the memory of one of Harvard’s most distinguished medievalists, we are able to provide up to $3500 towards travel, accommodation, and living costs. We invite scholars at any stage of their postdoctoral career who could usefully spend a month at Harvard to apply. In the past, some fellows with sabbatical leaves have elected to spend a semester with us. Fellows are expected to attend the Medieval Colloquium and to give a paper on the subject of their research. They are also asked to meet with our graduate students, and they are welcome to attend other events at Harvard. We select fellows on the basis of the importance of their research and its interest to our intellectual community.
Applicants should send a brief letter of application, a curriculum vitae, and a two-page project description by email to Daniel Donoghue (firstname.lastname@example.org) no later than April 25, 2016. Please include details on when and for how long you would be able to be in residence. The fellowship is not normally compatible with teaching commitments at a home institution. We hope to be able to congratulate the successful applicant by the middle of May.
King’s College London invites applications for Sir Richard Trainor Scholarship for postgraduate research into ‘Waterways: Arts, Culture and Practice’. The Scholarship (of £15, 000 a year for three years) will support PhD research, under the supervision of Professor Clare Lees (English) and second supervisor, Dr Alex Loftus (Geography) in partnership with the Canal & River Trust. This is an exciting opportunity for a postgraduate researcher to develop expertise in the public and contemporary arts alongside their PhD research. Candidates with research training and interests in Anglo-Saxon and medieval culture are very much encouraged to apply.
Please note that candidates must apply for the PhD programme in English at King’s College London to be considered for this Scholarship.
Further details here. The deadline is 12pm on 29 February 2016.
TOEBI members may be interested to know about a post-doctoral research position in the Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic (Faculty of English) in the University of Cambridge, which has just been advertised.
Columbia University Medieval & Renaissance Program is currently accepting applications for the MA in Medieval and Renaissance Studies.
The MA in Medieval and Renaissance Studies provides the opportunity to undertake graduate level work in any relevant field of interest. Students have the flexibility to take a variety of courses in art history, religion, history, philosophy, literature or other relevant fields offered by departments in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. This flexibility offers the opportunity to concentrate in one area while also exploring other aspects of the life, thought, and culture of the Middle Ages and/or the Early Modern Period. Through this unique interdisciplinary and cross-period approach, students gain a deeper and more comprehensive understanding of the periods.
The program is appropriate for students who will go on to apply to PhD programs as well as for those who wish to complete a terminal MA. In addition to choosing from a wide range of courses, students develop their skills in relevant languages, and are introduced to the study of manuscripts and early printed books. The MA culminates in a final thesis in which students develop an original research project. Students have the option to pursue the degree full time or part-time. The deadline for spring admission is November 1st. For more information, please visit http://medren.columbia.edu/programs/academic/admissions-information/.