Author Archives: James Palmer

SAIMS Staff Win Leverhulme Fellowships

SAIMS is celebrating after two of its members were awarded prestigious Major Research Fellowships by the Leverhulme Trust for 2018-21: Prof Kate Rudy (Art History) for her project ‘Measuring Medieval Users’ Responses to Manuscripts: New Technological Approaches’ and Dr James Palmer (History) for ‘Science and Belief in the Making of Early Medieval Europe’. About her project, Prof Rudy said: “Medieval books are among the most enduring testaments of pre-modern culture. Inscribed on organic parchment, manuscripts’ signs of wear are self-documenting, […]

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New Publication: “Diverging Paths? The Shapes of Power and Institutions in Medieval Christendom and Islam”

We are excited to announce the publication of a new collection of essays, “Diverging Paths? The Shapes of Power and Institutions in Medieval Christendom and Islam” (Brill 2014). The book is edited by our own John Hudson and long-time friend of St Andrews Ana Rodríguez (CCHS-CSIC), and it emerges from work undertaken in the related projects “Diverging Paths” and “Power and Institutions in Medieval Islam and Christendom“. From the website: Diverging Paths? investigates an important question, to which the answers […]

Kimberley Knight wins History of Emotions Postdoc

Congratulations to Dr Kimberley Knight, who has been appointed a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Sydney. Kimberley will be joining the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions (CHE), working as part of their ‘Meanings’ research programme. Kimberley’s completed her 2014 PhD in St Andrews with a dissertation entitled ‘Blessed are those who weep: gratia lacrymarum in thirteenth-century hagiographies’. As part of that research, she published an article in the 2011 volume Crying in […]

Forthcoming Conference: “The Age of Revolt: Comparative Perspectives”

SAIMS are looking forward to hosting a conference, ‘The Age of Revolt: Comparative Perspectives’, on 3-4 October, organised by Dr Justine Firnhaber-Baker. Speakers will include Paul Freedman (Yale), John Arnold (Birkbeck), Sam Cohn (Glasgow) and Philip Haberken (BU). The conference is open to the University community, but there is limited space. If you would like to attend, please email Dr Firnhaber-Baker at The conference is the first of two connected two run by Dr Firnhaber-Baker as part of her […]

New Directors for SAIMS

This month, Prof Simon MacLean is stepping down as Director of the St Andrews Institute of Mediaeval Studies after a productive year in charge. We had a fantastic annual lecture by Prof R. I. Moore, some great workshops, and our interdisciplinary MLitt programme continued to go from strength to strength. We can now announce the new co-directors for SAIMS: Dr Bettina Bildhauer (Modern Languages) and Dr James Palmer (History). The duo were founding members of SAIMS back in 2008 and […]

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