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The annual meeting of the American Catholic historical Association will be held in New York City from Friday, January 3, to Monday, January 6, 2020. The headquarters and sessions will be in the Sheraton Hotel, 811 7th Avenue, with the Mass at St. Francis Xavier Church, 30 West 16th Street, between 5th Avenue and the Avenue of the Americas (6th Avenue), and a reception at the nearby Old Town Bar. Registration opens on the new ACHA website in late September. The American Society of Church History will be headquartered in the Parker New York Hotel, 64 West 39th Street. The over-arching theme of its conference will be "Whose America: New Perspectives, Contours, and Connections in Church Histories." For more information, please see


The Newberry Library of Chicago is offering for academic year 2020-21 Long-Term Fellowships for postdoctoral scholars in continuous residence at the Newberry for periods of four to nine months at the rate of $4,200 per month to conduct research in its collections and to participate in active intellectual exchange in it programs. The deadline for application is November 1, 2019. Short-Term Fellowships for postdoctoral scholars, PhD candidates, and those with terminal degrees who live and work outside the Chicago metropolitan area are available for one to two months at the rate of $2,500 per month. The deadline is December 15, 2019. For more information, contact

The Istituto Sangalli of Florence, Italy, is offering three residential fellowships worth €2,000.00 for young scholars in religious history and religious studies. The deadline is October 15, 2019. See


The Francis and Ann Curran Center for American Catholic Studies at Fordham University is offering a prize of $1,500 for an essay about Catholicism in the Western Hemisphere by a new scholar whose PhD or ThD was awarded no earlier than 2013. The essay must have been published or accepted for publication in a peer-reviewed journal or scholarly collection within twelve months of the deadline of February 15, 2020. Special consideration will be given to essays that advance the understanding of historically underrepresented Catholics (e.g, of Latino/a, Indigenous, African, or Asian heritage). Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, [End Page 588] abstract of 500 words, essay of 12,000 or less words in either English or Spanish, documentation of its acceptance and timetable for publication, and a letter from a colleague or mentor in the relevant field testifying to the essay's contribution to Catholic studies. The winner will be announced in April 2020. For more information, contact or


On October 17, 2019 the Vatican Apostolic Library will host a conference as part of its "Cultural Agenda" to be held in the Barberini Hall on the "Mellon Project" that deals with annotated manuscripts using IIIF. Two sessions will explain some of the technical work behind the project. Session I will treat software and platforms for interoperability, digital manuscript futures, coordination of the project, and lessons learned. Session II will be dedicated to web thematic pathways (e.g., Latin and Greek paleography, Latin classics, Vatican palimpsests, and the manuscripts of Duke Federico da Montefeltro). In the Salone Sistino will be an exhibition of some selected original manuscripts. Participants need to pre-register. See

On November 13–15, 2019 the Istituto Maria Bambina in collaboration with the Sezione Romana dell'Associazione Internazionale di Studi Tardo Antichi will sponsor an international conference on the theme "Pagani e cristiani: conflitto, confronto, dialogo. Le trasformazioni di un modello storiografico." Among the papers to be presented are: "'The Last Pagans of Rome': la fine del paganismo a Roma, tra consensi e polemiche" by Ritsa Lizzi Testa; "'Il regno dei cieli si fa strada con violenza' (Mt 11: 12). Variazioni storiografiche sul ruolo della violenza nel confronto tardo-antico tra cristiani e pagani" by Giovanni Filoramo; "Pagani e cristiani ancora: nuove metodologie per nuovi...


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