The study of the Middle Ages has long been a major research and teaching interest at the University of St Andrews. The Department of Mediaeval History was founded in 1955, expanding to be the largest of its kind in the world, with a long and illustrious history of excellence in the field. The inter-disciplinary Institute of Mediaeval Studies brings together over thirty full-time academic staff of international standing and a number of research associates. Subjects taught include History (political, religious, social, cultural, legal), Mediaeval languages and Literatures (Arabic, French, Old and Middle English, German, Greek, Italian, Latin, Old Norse and Welsh), Art History and Theology. Students can also take modern language classes as needed for their research.
On Wednesday 13 February 2008 the Institute was formally launched with a lecture given by Prof Gerd Althoff of the University of Münster: Forms and Functions of Irony in Medieval Politics. Building on a long tradition of research and teaching on the Middle Ages at St Andrews, the new inter-disciplinary Institute of Mediaeval Studies brings together over thirty full-time academic staff of international standing and a number of research associates.
2013-2014 Donald Bullough Fellowship
The 2013-14 Donald Bullough Fellowship has been awarded to Dr Edward Coleman of the School of History & Archives at University College Dublin.
Dr Coleman’s research and teaching focuses on the history of medieval and Renaissance Italy. His publications have investigated various aspects of the society, politics and culture of the city-state in northern Italy during the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, in particular civic identity and civic patriotism, historical consciousness and sense of the past, aristocratic power, representative assemblies, ritual space, factionalism and conflict resolution, landholding and property relations. He has written extensively on the city of Cremona as well as on other cities such as Milan and Alessandria. His research has also looked at how perceptions of the medieval city-states in art, music and literature have been influential at key moments in the nineteenth and twentieth-century history of Italy, such as the Risorgimento. He is the author of ‘Cities and Communes’, in The Shorter Oxford History of Italy, vol. II (2003) and has also contributed to collections of translated primary sources for undergraduates such as Medieval Italy: Texts in Translation (2009). His current research projects are concerned with the contribution of Italy and Ireland to the Crusading movement.
Dr Coleman will be in St Andrews in semester 2 of academic year 2013-14 and will be working on a book on the Italian Communes.
This years’ SAIMS annual lecture took place on 14 March, when a large audience came to hear Professor John Lowden speak on the subject of ‘The Gothic Ivories Project’. Professor Lowden, of the Courtauld Institute in London, is a renowned expert on Early Christian and Mediaeval art, particularly that of the Byzantine Empire. His current project, the subject of his lecture, involves the production of a highly ambitious database of Western European ivory sculptures made in the period c1200-c1530. Professor Lowden demonstrated the great potential of the database as a resource for comparing and analysing these objects and the links between them. The Gothic Ivories Project can be accessed freely online here.
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Bryn Jones, a part-time PhD student under the supervision of Dr. Alex Woolf, has been awarded a Saunders Lewis Memorial Scholarship.
2012-13 Donald Bullough Fellowship
The St Andrews Institute of Medieval Studies has appointed Dr Warren Brown as the Donald Bullough Fellow for 2012-13
Dr. Warren Brown has taught medieval history at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, California, since 1997, where he currently holds the rank of Professor. His research interests, which are primarily focused on the early Middle Ages but have extended beyond it, range from conflict resolution and violence to document use and archiving. He has published a monograph on conflict resolution and royal power in the Carolingian period, Unjust Seizure: Conflict, Interest, and Authority in an Early Medieval Society (Cornell University Press, 2001), and has coedited a collection of essays entitled Conflict in Medieval Europe (Ashgate, 2003). He has most recently published Violence in Medieval Europe (Longmans, 2010); in addition, he has contributed to and coedited Documentary Culture and the Laity in the Early Middle Ages (Cambridge University Press, 2013). At St. Andrews he will be completing research on a new monograph, provisionally titled World in a Book: Lay Society in Early Medieval Europe. This project starts from the conclusion reached by the Documentary Culture volume, namely that a lively culture of document use persisted among the laity as well as the clergy throughout the early Middle Ages. It uses the evidence provided by the surviving traces of this documentary culture to explore lay society itself during the period. Central to the project are eighth and ninth century collections of document models and templates, most of which concern the business of lay men and women from a variety of walks of life. Working outwards from the formulas, the book will add another dimension to pictures of early medieval society that have traditionally been dominated by clergy and monks and by the secular elites. When not working on this monograph, Dr. Brown will be exploring a possible second book project on the instrumental use of terror in medieval Europe.
Bursaries for M Litt in Mediaeval Studies
Applicants are eligible for the above if History is a major component of their degree.
SAIMS 2011 Annual Newsletter
Mediaeval Studies Seminar Series
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