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Margaret Connolly and Rachel Hart speak at Scottish Medievalists Conference

Dr Margaret Connolly and Mrs Rachel Hart spoke by invitation to the Scottish Medievalists at the 61st Conference of the Society for Scottish Medieval and Renaissance Studies. This Conference was held in Cumbernauld, 6th – 7th January 2018, about their ongoing research on the late medieval Scottish notary, Robert Ewyn. Their paper, ‘A late medieval book and its covers: the Marchmont manuscript of Regiam Maiestatem and its scribe(s)’, focused not just on the named scribe who copied the celebrated legal […]

Publication: Dimitri Kastritsis’ An Early Ottoman History

Dimitri Kastritsis has published an exciting new work — a translation and commentary of the Oxford Anonymous Chronicle. The Oxford Anonymous Chronicle is a history of the Ottoman dynasty completed in 1484 in the vernacular Turkish, and is of especial interest to students of the medieval eastern Mediterranean. Dimitri Kastritsis has completed a discussion of the book with Liverpool University Press which can  be found here. Preoccupied with dynastic legitimacy, the Chronicle shares an aim with other fifteenth-century Ottoman histories. It also […]

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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Workshop on Medieval Logic and its Contemporary Relevance

Arché, a philosophical research centre here at the University of St Andrews, will be hosting a workshop on medieval logic and its contemporary relevance from the 30th of April to the 2nd of May, 2018. Arché hopes to include six Contributed Talks lasting one hour with discussion. From Arché: ‘Contributed Talks should preferably both contain historical material from the middle ages, including Arabic and other traditions besides the Latin West, and relate it to contemporary concerns in philosophical logic. To […]

Ian Johnson Participates in COST Action IS1301

From 21 to 23 September 2017, Ian Johnson participated in the final meeting of the EU-funded network of 25 countries, COST, the European Cooperation in Science & Technology. The event this past September was COST Action IS1301, focusing on “New Communities of Interpretation (1350-1570)”. This focus brought together experts on late medieval and early modern Europe, organised around the inclusion and exclusion of the laity in religious experience. As part of this event, Ian, with Lucie Doležalová (Charles University, Prague) co-ordinated […]