Tuesday, January 17, 2023

 Dear colleagues,


Thanks to the generous support of Wallace Johnson and the Medieval Institute at Western Michigan University, I am delighted to announce the Call for Proposals for the fourth year of the Wallace Johnson First Book Mentoring Program. The program provides support and mentorship to early career scholars working towards the publication of their first book on the law and legal culture of the early Middle Ages. In conversation with peers and with the advice of senior scholars, participants will develop and revise book proposals and sample chapters, and they will meet with guest editors to learn about approaching and working with publishers.

The program has been developed specifically to aid pre-tenure and untenured scholars, as well as those in non-tenurable positions (including adjuncts and full-time term faculty) and is not limited to a specific discipline, region field, or methodology. For the purposes of this program, "law" is broadly defined and need not be limited to legislation, legal documentation, or specific forms of legal process. Although applicants’ research must concern law, they need not self-identify as legal scholars. Applications are due by Saturday, April 15th, 2023.


The program includes:

• a series of online workshops on the writing and publication process during which participants meet with

senior scholars and have the opportunity to discuss their projects with commissioning editors

• pairing with a senior scholar as a mentor who, over the course of a year, will help the participant pursue book

contracts and shape their projects for publication

• periodic web "meet ups," both one-on-one with mentors and as a group, that will enable participants to

workshop chapters and proposals

• A small stipend to support research-related expenses


As the Johnson Program is intended to cast a wide net, please do forward this announcement to other ListServs, post it on social media, and pass it along to anyone who might be interested. More information, especially concerning application procedures and the 2020 selection committee, can be found at https://wmich.edu/medieval/research/johnson-program. If you have any questions, please do feel free to contact me (andrew.rabin@louisville.edu) or Robert Berkhofer (robert.berkhofer@wmich.edu).


At a time when the field of medieval studies is seeking new ways to support younger scholars, this program offers a wonderful opportunity to aid those at the beginning of their careers, advance research on early medieval law and legal culture, and to develop connections across disciplines. I’m very excited by the Johnson Program’s accomplishments so far and I look forward to seeing what it will look like as we move into our fourth year.


All best regards,





Andrew Rabin

Professor and Vice Chair

Department of English

University of Louisville 

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