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MemberSam Barber

…‘Auctoritas after Rome: New Approaches to “Authority” in the Early Middle Ages’ – 3 sessions submitted for consideration at the International Medieval Congress, Leeds, July 2021. (TBC)…

I study the material and visual cultures of late ancient and early medieval Europe, with a special focus on the social histories of objects and buildings in the post-Roman world. My doctoral dissertation investigates palaces from the time of Tetrarchy and that of the Carolingians. Though a constant across this period, palaces underwent dramatic changes architecturally, conceptually, and institutionally. By viewing them simultaneously as physical architecture, as social spaces, and as nodes in ‘royal landscapes’, I use palaces as a lens for examining shifting concepts of rulership and legitimate authority in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages. In doing so I argue that they were not simple assertions of Roman-derived sovereignty, but rather essential instruments in the reordering of political space in the post-Roman West. Aside from my dissertation project, I am also interested in the history of medieval art more broadly (including its historiography); social and anthropological theory; urban studies; and concepts of identity, ethnicity, and community in the Early Middle Ages.

MemberKatherine Cross

I am a historian of the Early Middle Ages interested in ethnic identity, religious conversion, and comparative approaches. I have just published my first book, Heirs of the Vikings: History and Identity in Normandy and England, c. 950 – c. 1015 (YMP, 2018), and recently co-curated Imagining the Divine: Art and the Rise of World Religions at the Ashmolean Museum.

MemberRobin Whelan

I am Lecturer in Mediterranean History at the University of Liverpool. I am a cultural historian of late antiquity and the early middle ages. My research and teaching focus on the later Roman Empire and its early medieval successors, with a particular interest in issues of religious diversity, social identity, ethnic communities, and political culture. My first book, Being Christian in Vandal Africa (University of California Press, 2018) is about the consequences of church conflict in post-Roman Africa (modern-day Tunisia and Algeria). My current project considers the Christian identities and entanglements of imperial and royal officials in late antiquity. Before coming to Liverpool in January 2018, I was Hulme Humanities Fellow at Brasenose College, Oxford and The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (2014-2018), and a temporary Lecturer in Early Medieval History attached to various Oxford colleges (2016/17).

MemberVeronika Wieser

I am Postdoc researcher at the Institute for Medieval Research, Austrian Academy of Sciences and lecturer at the University of Vienna. I am a cultural historian of Late Antiquity and the early Middle Ages, with an emphasis on interdisciplinary, comparative research. – I was coordinator and project member of the SFB  “Visions of Community. Comparative Approaches to Ethnicity, Region and Empire in Christianity, Islam and Buddhism (400-1600 CE)” from 2011 to 2019, and I am editorial board member of the journal “Medieval Worlds: Comparative and Interdisciplinary Studies”. My research focuses on apocalyptic thought and topics of eschatology, on historiography and ascetic communities in the Late Roman Empire and the early medieval period, with particular interest on issues of religious and ethnic identity, notions of death and salvation, and medical history. I have co-edited two interdisciplinary volumes on apocalypticism and eschatology (Cultures of Eschatology, 2020; Abendländische Apokalyptik. Zur Genealogie der Endzeit, 2013) and I am currently working on a book on eschatology in Late Antiquity.

MemberEvina Steinova

…2011-2016   PhD in Medieval Studies, NWO VIDI project Marginal Scholarship, Huygens ING, Dutch Royal Academy of Arts and Sciences, The Hague

Dissertation: Notam superponere studui: The use of technical signs in the early Middle Ages

2009-2011   Research Master in Medieval Studies, Utrecht University

RMA Thesis: Biblical Material in the Latin Apocryphal Acts of the Apostles

2008-2011   Master in Classical and Medieval Latin, Masaryk University, Brno

MA Thesis: Passio Iudeorum Pragensium. Critical Edition of the Passion of the Jews of Prague

2005-2008   Bachelor’s degree in English and Latin, Masaryk University, Brno

BA Thesis: Religion in …

I am a holder of a VENI grant from the Dutch Organisation for Research (NWO). My three-year postdoctoral project (2018-21) at the Huygens ING, an institute of the Dutch Academy of Arts and Sciences in Amsterdam, Innovating Knowledge. Isidore’s Etymologiae in the Carolingian period, deals with the study of the early transmission history of the Etymologiae of Isidore of Seville, Carolingian appropriation of this work, and intellectual networks in the early Middle Ages. In 2017-18, I was a Mellon Fellow at the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, Toronto, working on the intellectual networks in the early medieval Latin West, and the role of Isidore of Seville’s Etymologies as a vehicle of innovation in this period. In 2016, I received a PhD from Utrecht University for my research on annotation symbols in early medieval Western manuscripts. I have carried out my PhD research in the project Marginal Scholarship: The Practice of Learning in the Early Middle Ages at the Huygens ING. I have a keen interest in early medieval annotation practices, in particular the use of symbols rather than words in this context – and I might be the right person to ask a question about this subject. I have published the first handbook of Western annotation symbols in 2019. By training, I am a Latin philologist. In the recent years, I have expanded my skills to Latin paleography and codicology and Digital Humanities. Besides Latin, I also know some Hebrew and I worked with Hebrew texts (for example, I published several articles on the 1389 Prague Easter pogrom), and I am interested in Jewish Studies and the late antique history of the Middle East. I hope to improve my coding and paleography skills in the future and hopefully get back to Hebrew and medieval Jewish history. I also try to write popularizing articles about history-related topics on various platforms, both in English and Slovak (my native language), and to organize popularizing events.

MemberRichard Sowerby

I am a Lecturer in Early Medieval Insular History at the University of Edinburgh. Before I came to Edinburgh in 2015, I had been the Osborn Fellow in Medieval History and Culture at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge (2013-15), and had held temporary lectureships in medieval history at Balliol College, Oxford (2012-13) and St Hugh’s College, Oxford (2011-12). Most of my work to date has focused on the religious cultures of the early Middle Ages, looking at the way that beliefs and ideas changed and evolved during the period between c. 500 and c. 1000 CE. My first book, Angels in Early Medieval England (Oxford University Press, 2016) was awarded the inaugural Ecclesiastical History Society Book Prize, and the International Society for the Study of Early Medieval England Best First Monograph Prize. My current research explores the place of animals in medieval medicine, investigating both the ways that animals were cared for and the ways that they themselves were implicated in the processes of human medicine.