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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 […]

Margaret Connolly speaks at Reformation on the Record conference


Dr Margaret Connolly (Senior Lecturer) joined over 30 top speakers on the Reformation from across the UK earlier this month at the Reformation on the Record conference. This conference was held at the National Archives, Kew, on the 3rd and 4th of November 2017; her paper was entitled ‘Private Piety and the Public Record: Old Books, New Readers, and the Reach of Reform’. The conference was sponsored by the British Records Association and was organized to mark the 500th anniversary of […]

Justine Firnhaber-Baker gives papers at the IMMA and the Université de Lille


Justine Firnhaber-Baker has delivered two lectures this term on the continent. The first, given in French, is titled “Les moines et les masses: langages et actions (non?)politiques à Saint-Leu d’Esserent avant la peste noire,” and considers the reaction to the Black Death at Saint-Leu-d’Esserent. This lecture was given at the Université de Lille’s event on Everyday Political Practices in Medieval Europe on the 21st of September. More recently, she presented “Affective Government after the French Political Crisis of 1356–59” on […]