The Ph.D. Program in History

at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York

Non-GC Events

September 8 and 22 – Medieval Academy of America Webinars: Medieval Freelancing 101

Session 1: Para-academic Work, September 8, 1-2:30 EDT

Session 2: Working Beyond Academia, September 22, 1-2:30 EDT

Although many medievalists are occupied with the challenges of the classroom this fall, others have not returned to teaching this semester, due in great measure to COVID-19 budget cuts. In addition, many medievalists who work in non-teaching environments have seen their salaries reduced or positions eliminated due to pandemic-related financial exigencies. Such cuts are felt keenly throughout the ranks of MAA membership.

Fellow medievalists employed beyond the professoriate have much to bring to the discussion in this time of crisis. Some have built careers in para-academic activities as professional proofreaders, indexers, editors, and translators, while others have gone further afield to work in online publishing, tourism, or publicly oriented scholarship. This two-webinar series will turn to our colleagues to empower fellow medievalists to seek out new employment opportunities using the skills we all share. Both webinars will run for 90 minutes to include discussion from the audience; the first session will address para-academic work, and the second will examine outward-facing employment opportunities.

With the caveat that a successful freelance career can take years to develop, these webinars aim to provide a “beginning freelancer’s toolkit” to explore some of the following:

  • How to monetize skills gained in training as a medievalist;
  • Efforts needed to establish and expand a business (marketing, networking, rates, etc.);
  • What hard skills are useful outside of the training medievalists normally receive;
  • Resources available for related sectors;
  • What the beginner should expect when starting off.

Both webinars are free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required. Click here [] for more information and to register.

Both webinars will be recorded and posted to the MAA YouTube channel [].