JOB OF THE WEEK: Wanted: Superman

What do you get when you cross James Bond with the Da Vinci Code? The nearest we have this week to a Tangent du jour: selected highlights, rearranged somewhat, from a job advertisement I posted earlier on the FMRSISUPERMAN / WONDERWOMAN
• May be required to assist with disaster recovery efforts

INTERNATIONAL MAN OF MYSTERY
• cultivate dealer and donor relations
• forge particularly strong associations with relevant [individuals]
• provide specialized assistance in person, by telephone, letter, and e-mail
• issue news releases, grant interviews, conduct tours, and make presentations
• weekly meetings, regularly scheduled meetings, collaborat[ion] with “Outreach”
• candidates appointed to rank III must demonstrate at least five years of relevant experience and professional achievements.
• appointment at rank IV requires at least eight years of relevant experience and professional achievements.
• appointment at rank V requires at least twelve years of relevant experience and professional achievements.

RULING THE WORLD
• function in a collegial fashion as part of a larger team sustaining a broad “International Humanities Program.”
• plan and implement programs, including lectures, conferences and symposia, public performances, master classes, and fellowships.

now for the lightweight stuff:

SPECIAL AGENT BASIC REQUIREMENTS
• completed Ph.D. in a field related to medieval literature, history, art history, or other appropriate area of specialization within medieval studies
• commitment to ongoing scholarly growth beyond the area of initial disciplinary specialization strongly preferred
• desirable: an MLS or equivalent; teaching experience; work experience in a research library, archive, or museum; and teaching experience

oh yes, and to deal with …

• medieval and renaissance manuscripts and early books
• papyrus collection and Near Eastern Manuscripts including those in Arabic, Turkish, Persian, Coptic, Hebrew, and Armenian

And finally, to quote Mr Tarantino, the specs go properly medieval on one:

MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: CONVERSION AND CRUSADE: TOTAL CONQUEST AND EMPIRE
• encourage the use of medieval and renaissance manuscripts and early books in teaching and research
• present materials to classes and to other groups who may visit.
• paleographic instruction for reading and interpreting medieval manuscripts.
• new directions of development
• substantial new initiatives in digitization
• encourage the use of these medieval digital assets by a broad scholarly and educational public.
• interpret [all this] to both the international scholarly community and broader public, particularly the [local] community
• design and organize exhibitions and plan special programs such as conferences, symposia, and lectures
• write and edit catalogs
• publish scholarly works and be active professionally in publishing, conference attendance, and participation in professional organizations.

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